Luke Gazdic

Video: Byfuglien delivers huge hit on Gazdic, teases Hamilton after his attempt


Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien literally made his presence felt during his team’s 5-4 shootout victory over Edmonton. Midway through the second period he delivered a huge hit that flattened Luke Gazdic.

The hit itself was clean, but unfortunately the way Gazdic fell left him with a large cut on his chin that kept him out for the remainder of the contest, per the Oilers’ Twitter feed.

Ryan Hamilton tried to similarly knock down the 6-foot-5 Byfuglien, but his attempt wasn’t successful and Byfuglien was quick to chirp him over that:

Byfuglien finished with a game-high six hits in 25:54 minutes of ice time.

Video: Sens’ Neil (fractured left thumb) out indefinitely

Trade rumors surrounding Senators tough guy Chris Neil officially cooled off Saturday afternoon.

The Ottawa forward suffered a fractured left thumb during a fight with the Oilers’ Luke Gazdic.

The Senators announced that Neil is out indefinitely.

The 35-year-old, who has spent his entire 13-year NHL career with Ottawa, became the subject of trade rumors last month.

Sens GM Bryan Murray told the Ottawa Citizen that he had received inquiries about the availability of Neil.

However, earlier this month Murray approached Neil with the idea of being traded and he said no.

Neil has four goals and seven points in 38 games this season to go along with eight fights and 78 penalty minutes.

Fasth ready to return, Gazdic starts conditioning stint

The Edmonton Oilers suffered a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators last night, but they got some good news after the game. Goaltender Viktor Fasth is ready to rejoin the team after spending roughly two weeks on the sidelines with a groin injury.

Fasth, 32, got off to a rough start this season along with the rest of the Oilers, but now that he’s back he’ll battle for starts with Ben Scrivens. The Oilers announced that 27-year-old goaltender Richard Bachman will return to AHL Oklahoma City.

Forward Luke Gazdic will head to the minors with him, but Gazdic will only be there for two weeks to serve out a conditioning stint. He signed a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension with Edmonton over the summer. However, the 25-year-old missed the start of the season due to a shoulder surgery he had in April.

Gazdic had four points and 127 penalty minutes in 67 contests in 2013-14.

PHT Morning Skate: Latvian player delivers one of hockey’s weirdest, longest hits


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.

Latvian defenseman Kristaps Zile executed a very unusual hip check during a game in the KHL’s junior league (skip to 0:26):

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Luke Gazdic has gotten to the point in his recovery from shoulder surgery where he can take “some pretty big contact” in practices. (Edmonton Sun)

Should the Philadelphia Flyers summon Scott Laughton? (CSN Philly)

The Vancouver Canucks have been solid so far this season, but there’s still a lot of work to be done as they attempt to rebound from their disastrous 2013-14 campaign. (Vancouver Sun)

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson hasn’t gotten off to the start he wanted, but his mask is at an elite level. It’s a fusion between Alien and Space Invaders. (Puck Daddy)

While we’re on the topic of goalie masks, Ben Scrivens will be using his head gear this season to raise mental health awareness. (Instagram)

PHT Morning Skate: GoPro will provide POV player footage


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.

When you watch NHL games this season, you might occasionally be shown clips from the players’ perspective. (Ad Week.)

Henrik Samuelsson and Tyler Gaudet didn’t make the Arizona Coyotes’ opening game roster, but coach Dave Tippett liked what he saw from them. (Arizona Republic)

Rob Scuderi likes new Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston’s defensive system. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Chicago Blackhawks players recount what it’s like to be a part of “the talk” when a player has to be told that he didn’t make the team. (CSN Chicago)

Scott Gomez begins task of winning back Devils fans. (Bergen Record)

Luke Gazdic (shoulder) might be available for the Edmonton Oilers’ opening game. (Edmonton Sun)