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Flames release Douglas Murray from PTO

Defenseman Douglas Murray’s quest to extend his NHL career hit another road block as he was released by the Calgary Flames on Friday, per the team’s website.

For Murray this represents the second time this year that he has failed to secure a contract with Calgary. Attempting to return to the NHL after a stint in Germany, he joined the Flames on a tryout basis back in March while they weighed their options after losing captain Mark Giordano to a torn biceps tendon.

Although that didn’t lead to him playing in the NHL last season, The 35-year-old agreed to a second PTO with the Calgary Flames earlier this month. The problem was that the Flames already had a projected defensive group of Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Wideman, T.J. Brodie, Giordano, Kris Russell, Ladislav Smid, and Deryk Engelland.

Brodie did suffer a broken hand that will sideline him for three-to-six weeks, but once again it seems an injury hasn’t tipped the scales in Murray’s favor.

Murray has played in 518 career contests, but his last NHL game was with Montreal in 2014.

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    Ben Bishop set to make preseason debut

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    Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, who sustained a torn groin muscle in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, will play in his first game of the 2015 preseason tonight.

    “Naturally you want to see where he’s at,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, per NHL.com. “He’s had a pretty good camp. But it’s a slow process here with our regulars. This is when these guys start coming in to play a little bit more. [Bishop’s] minutes will start picking up from here on in. Tonight’s the first step. Get his feet wet here at home.”

    Bishop missed one contest in Tampa Bay’s six-game series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to the injury. After having the summer to heal, he’s been able to fully participate in the team’s practice drills. He thinks it will take an exhibition game or two in order to get his timing back and feel comfortable.

    He’ll only play in half of Friday’s game as Kristers Gudlevskis will also see time between the pipes. With Andrei Vasilevskiy (blood clot) sidelined, Gudlevskis has an opportunity to make the team as Bishop’s understudy.

    Bruins sign defensive prospect Carlo

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    Someday defenseman Brandon Carlo could be using his 6-foot-5 frame to help frustrate opposing forwards in service of the Boston Bruins. That might still be a ways off for the 18-year-old, but he’s taken another step forward towards that goal.

    The Bruins announced that they have inked Carlo to an entry-level contract. He was taken with the 37th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

    “Right away you know how much area and territory he can defend,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney told NESN back in July. “He’s got athleticism in his skating ability, shoots the puck really hard. I was impressed with Brandon during the World Juniors because (Team USA) gave him a role and he really did a good job. He went out and shut down, made his first pass and identified. … That first pass execution piece will be very important for him, but he’s a guy that covers a lot of ice. We’re really excited about Brandon.”

    Carlo, who had 25 points in 63 WHL games last season, would term himself as a defensive defenseman. He has labeled his poise with the puck as an area of his game he wants to work on though.

    Before signing this contract, he attended the Bruins’ development and rookie camps. He then participated in two preseason games and managed to score a goal against the New York Rangers.

    The 37th overall pick originally belonged to the Philadelphia Flyers, but Boston ultimately acquired it from the New York Islanders as part of the Johnny Boychuk trade.

    Saad has four root canals, still might play Saturday

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    Brandon Saad spent the better part of Monday living out other peoples’ nightmare.

    After taking a puck to the mouth during a Blue Jackets practice, he had to spend four hours with the dentist as he underwent four root canals. It’s not hard to imagine that Saad was in a lot of pain as a result and he did take painkillers so that he could get some sleep. Despite that, he returned to practice on Thursday while wearing full-face protection.

    “It could be worse, but I felt pretty good (Thursday) out on the ice,” Saad told the team’s website. “I’m getting better every day.”

    Saad might even participate in Saturday’s preseason contest. It would be his first opportunity to play alongside Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno in a game. The hope is that trio will help drive the Blue Jackets’ offense for years to come.

    Columbus acquired Saad from Chicago over the summer and inked him to a six-year, $36 million contract.

    PHT Morning Skate: McDavid’s driving ticket sales for road games

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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.

    Suddenly fans are very interested when the Edmonton Oilers come to town. (Puck Daddy)

    The Edmonton Oilers might not be the biggest team, but they’re hoping to compensate for it with their compete level. (Edmonton Sun)

    Sharks coach Pete DeBoer wants a fourth line that can chip in offensively, but he also thinks highly of Mike Brown. (CSN Bay Area)

    If you’re a New York Islanders fan, you might want to avoid sitting in this area…

    There seem to be problems in Winnipeg too. (NHL.com)

    And for something a little different, here’s a Korean girl group singing while wearing New York Rangers jerseys. Most of them are wearing Chris Kreider‘s jersey specifically and if you go to his Twitter feed, you might notice that the URL he chooses to link people to is this video: (H/T The Hockey News):