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.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators were scheduled to play on Oct. 22, but that game was postponed after the fatal shooting that killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was performing his ceremonial duty of standing guard at the Canadian National War Memorial. The Maple Leafs and Senators made up that contest last night, but before the game the two teams came together at the War Memorial to pay their respects to Cirillo:
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Benoit Pouliot is fitting in nicely on the Edmonton Oilers’ top line. (Edmonton Journal)
Jay McKee, who played with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh and now serves as a coach on Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters thinks the comparisons between the NHL superstar and highly regarded prospect are “very valid.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
A look back at the impact Peter Forsberg has had on Sweden. (NHL.com)
Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice thinks coaches salaries will be driven by Mike Babcock, who is in the final season of his contract with Detroit. (Toronto Star)
Brad Harrison’s name isn’t one you’re likely to be familiar with given that he’s the assistant equipment manager with the Edmonton Oilers. He worked in his 1,000th professional game on Friday though, so the Oilers gave him the game puck and a custom built wine bottle that the entire team signed. Joanne Ireland also wrote an article to provide readers with some insights into the life of one of the many people that work behind the scenes in the NHL. (Edmonton Journal)