PHT Morning Skate: Spezza files appeal; billion-dollar Rangers

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• The NHLPA has filed an appeal on behalf of Jason Spezza regarding his six-game suspension for kneeing Neal Pionk. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will hear the appeal. If the ban is upheld, Spezza has the option of taking it to an independent arbitrator. [NHLPA]

• Meanwhile, Ian Cole was fined $5,000 for kneeing Mark Scheiefle. Cole was ejected in the third period for the hit. [TSN]

• It was an emotional night on Tuesday for the Svechnikov family when Evgeny and Andrei faced off against one another with their parents in attendance for the first time. [Winnipeg Sun]

• According to Forbes, the Rangers have the NHL’s highest valuation at $2 billion. [Forbes]

• The city of Glendale has threatened to lock the Coyotes out of Gila River Arena due to unpaid bills. The team released a statement on Wednesday citing “human error” in explaining the unpaid bills, and promised that things will be taken care of by today. [PHT]

• For the first time in the history of the NHL series EA Sports will include women’s team in a January update for their NHL 22 game. [On Her Turf]

Jujhar Khaira was released from hospital on Wednesday following the massive hit he took from Jacob Trouba earlier this week. He has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion. There is no timetable for when he’ll be back on the ice. [PHT]

• The Canada’s women’s national team will play a team of PWHPA All-Stars twice this week as preparation for the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. [The Ice Garden]

• How do the Penguins adjust knowing that Jake Guentzel will be out at least a week with an upper-body injury? [Pensburgh]

• Barkov’s Bears is a wonderful charitable effort from the Panthers captain to help Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. [Florida Hockey Now]

• How the Lighting might use Riley Nash, who was plucked off waivers this week. [Raw Charge]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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