PHT Morning Skate: Cherry thinks Kessel was right not to fight Scott

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Don Cherry thinks Phil Kessel did the right thing by not fighting John Scott on Sunday. Grapes didn’t agree with Kessel’s second slash though. (Toronto Sun)

Meanwhile, Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith was surprised by Scott’s actions. Or, as he put it, “That guy (Scott) is probably the worst player in the league and he goes after a guy like Kessel?” (Ottawa Citizen)

Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins’ first major challenge: Figuring out what to do up the middle while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) and now Sam Gagner (jaw) recover from their respective injuries. (Edmonton Journal)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Harry Zolnierczyk entered training camp as something of a long shot to make the team, but he’s gotten coach Dan Bylsma’s attention. (McKeesport Daily News)

The Anaheim Ducks trimmed their training camp roster on Monday and sent Stefan Noesen to AHL Norfolk along with five other players. Noesen was selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was one of the prospects acquired in the Bobby Ryan trade. (Ducks.nhl.com)

ESPN The Magazine ranked the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, and Ottawa Senators as the top three NHL franchises. (Ottawa Citizen)