PHT Morning Skate: Is it time for the Sabres to bring back Lindy Ruff?


–Peterborough Petes goalie Dylan Wells scored an incredible goal against the Kingston Frontenacs and he made sure to celebrate like every skater does whenever they score goal (a drive-by by their bench). (Top)

–The Baltimore Orioles are in Toronto to take on the Blue Jays, and some members of the Orioles roster took the opportunity to show their support for the Washington Capitals in their playoff series against the Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

–Here’s a weird story. One Pittsburgh Penguins fan was stabbed in the head during Game 1 of their series against Columbus, but the fan refused medical attention until the game was over. Now that’s loyalty. (The Guardian)

–The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the Washington Capitals a good scare, but the Presidents’ Trophy winners found a way to overcome a two-goal deficit to win in overtime. Check out the highlights from Game 1 of the series:

–Baseball was obviously a huge part of Yogi Berra’s life, but as his granddaughter points out, the hall of famer also loved hockey. “Like all the kids on The Hill, Grampa played many sports growing up, and told stories of taping newspapers to his shins to play roller hockey. On days when the minor-league St. Louis Flyers had home games, after school or an early shift at the shoe factory, Grampa would nap in the afternoon to make sure he could stay awake to make the trip to the rink. It was there, watching the Flyers, that Grampa fell in love with hockey, and where he later fell in love with my Grammy Carmen; Grampa took her to a hockey game on their first date, in the winter of 1947.” (

–NHL teams aren’t shying away from bringing former head coaches back for a second stint. Anaheim did it with Randy Carlyle, Montreal did it with Claude Julien and the Stars have brought back Ken Hitchcock. Is there another coach that will return to his old stomping grounds? The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington wonders if it’s time for the Sabres to bring back Lindy Ruff. Harrington writes: “You have to at least wonder if there’s thoughts here of a Ruff reunion if (Dan) Bylsma is shown the door. Pegula loves Ruff and is known to have hated the way things ended in 2013. Pegula loves winning the press conference too and it would be just like him to go make this kind of move.” (Buffalo News)

–At just 19 years old, Auston Matthews has become the cornerstone of the Maple Leafs franchise. He’s a big reason why the Leafs are back in the playoffs this spring, but it’s easy to forget he’s still just a teenager.

“You get pretty tired during the season and, yeah, the takeout containers kind of start filling up.

“But I think I’m pretty responsible with that kind of stuff. I know my parents will come in and clean up as much as they can. There’s a fine line, I guess, between what they think is clean and what I think is clean.” (ESPN)

Senators goaltender Cam Talbot out 5-7 weeks with injury

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to be out five to seven weeks with what the team called an upper-body injury.

The Senators initially called Talbot day to day with what they hoped was a minor injury. Instead he’s now expected to miss at least the first month of the NHL season.

Ottawa claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken upon announcing Talbot’s expected absence. Hellberg, who played for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics could split time with countryman Anton Forsberg while Talbot is out.

The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota during the offseason to make him their starter after the Wild opted against bringing him back along with Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, 35, had a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.

Losing Talbot is a blow to the Senators, who also acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago and signed longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux as part of a move toward contending and ending their playoff drought.

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.