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PHT Morning Skate: Leafs once again ranked worst franchise in North America

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Montreal Canadiens teammates P.K. Subban (76) Andrei Markov (79) and Max Pacioretty (67) celebrate Pacioretty’s goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs’ during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


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.

ESPN’s 2015 Ultimate Standings ranked the Tampa Bay Lightning as the third best franchise among the MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. Finishing in last place out of the 122 teams was the Toronto Maple Leafs -- again. At least hiring Mike Babcock caused them to jump in the coaching category. (ESPN)

Jaromir Jagr remains confident that he’ll play until he’s 50, barring an injury. It just might not be in the NHL. In the meantime, he thinks his mullet still needs two months of work. (TSN)

On what makes the Chicago Blackhawks’ fourth line as effective as it is. (Chicago Sun-Times)

For Ales Hemsky, there are perks to moving from the Edmonton Oilers to a smaller hockey market in Dallas. One of them is apparently feeling like he can get a tattoo. (Edmonton Sun)

James Wisniewski is in high spirits after undergoing surgery because of a torn ACL:

There’s no shortage of coaches that are already on the hot seat. (Calgary Sun)