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PHT Morning Skate: Preseason scratches get new jobs in Anaheim


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.

So you’re on the Anaheim Ducks’ roster and you’re not suiting up for a preseason game, what do you do? Players got behind the counter at a recent preseason game to work the concession stands at the Honda Center. (Bar Down)

@HondaCenter @AnaheimDucks I spy!

— Sara (@Crab_Apel) September 24, 2014

There seems to be a common theme with respect to injuries in the NHL over the last 48 hours or so. Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in his leg during an odd collision on Tuesday night. Rangers forward Derek Stepan is also sidelined with a fracutured fibula. The latest comes from Nashville where team mascot Gnash has been placed on “injured reserve” with a broken leg suffered during training. (
Predators website)

Teams across the hockey world are known to have various items players wear as player of the game - usually handed out by teammates following a victory. The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have gone one step further. Check out Nick Betz of the Otters modelling their player of the game outfit (via Craig Button):

Player of the game outfit for @ErieOtters@betz_12 Nice of @stromer19 to lend him one of his suits! — Craig Button (@CraigJButton) September 25, 2014

Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau is looking to put last season behind him. After winning the Calder Trophy in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Huberdeau scored just nine goals and 19 assists in 69 games in 2013-14. (theScore)

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture is expected to resume skating Thursday after an awkward fall during the team’s preseason game in Vancouver. (San Jose Mercury News)

There have been rumours of a merger between the East Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League. The latest comes from hockey agent Darryl Wolski. (via Twitter)

Every player who had a NHL contract during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season will receive a bonus check on Oct. 15 as the first of three “transition payments”. This includes players such as Chris Pronger, who last played during the 2011-12 season. (Philadelphia Daily News)

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