PHT Morning Skate: KHL player receives five-game suspension for ‘attacking’ referee


Mike Fisher was crushed when he was traded by the Ottawa Senators in 2011, but thanks to Bryan Murray and Eugene Melnyck, he got to be closer to his wife in Nashville. In this piece for the Players’ Tribune, Fisher describes just how incredible the move was for his career. (The Players’ Tribune)

–After being assigned to the minors a couple of seasons ago, Kings goalie Peter Budaj says he had some doubts about his career. But since Jonathan Quick went down with an injury earlier this season, Budaj has stepped in and done a terrific job for his team. He’s definitely one of the feel-good stories of 2016-17. (NHL)

–Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is trying to win hockey games right now, but he’s also trying to teach his young players how to have long-term success in the NHL. “Coaching them how to be not just good hockey players, but coaching them on how to be winning hockey players is a real process and one that Mike is a perfect fit for here in Toronto. That it’s not just simply good enough to be in the NHL. Mike has great experience at winning and turning a good team into a winning team,” president Brendan Shanahan said. (Sportsnet)

–Montreal Canadiens players read “The Night Before Christmas” in English and French. It wasn’t always pretty, but a good effort all around! (Top)

–The Chicago Blackhawks invited emergency goalie Eric Semborski to the United Center as a guest. The 23-year-old admitted that his experience as Scott Darling‘s backup still seems like a dream. “It still doesn’t seem real. I’m just grateful. Every day I think I’m more grateful that I had the chance, because everything had to have happened perfectly for me to actually get that call to go and be a part of it,” said Semborski. (Chicago Tribune)

–Vladivostok forward Viktor Alexandrov was suspended five games for this “attack” on a KHL referee. I wouldn’t characterize that as an attack, but the league was right to punish him for his actions.: