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PHT Morning Skate: Jay Rosehill thinks ‘the code is changing’

Sep 25, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

Chris Thorburn #22 of the Winnipeg Jets fights with Jay Rosehill #37 of the Philadelphia Flyers during third period in a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers on April 6, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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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.

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is almost certain to make the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster despite their defensive depth. (McKeesport Daily News)

The Canadian Press offers up their top 10 players to watch this season. (CP via

Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Jay Rosehill thinks “the code is changing.” He thinks coaches are more likely to ask their enforcers to go after their opponent’s skill players. (CSN Philly)

Forward Nathan Walker, 19, has agreed to terms with the Washington Capitals’ AHL-affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He hopes to eventually become the first Australian-raised player to make it to the NHL. (

Nick Leddy‘s role with the Chicago Blackhawks declined significantly during the Stanley Cup Final, but the 2013-14 campaign will be a fresh start for him. (CSN Chicago)

There are pros and cons to the Carolina Hurricanes’ move to the Metropolitan Division. (

Finally, some of you might remember that Patrick Kane showed off his stickhandling skills a couple weeks back. Well, not to be outdone, teammate Brandon Bollig set out to duplicate Kane’s accomplishments.

I think you’ll all agree that, as good as Kane is, he still has a thing or two to learn from Bollig:

  1. hockey412 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Rosehill’s comments are exactly the reason that I have no problem with the NHL handing out fines for “player selection” and team conduct. Keep ’em coming until it’s a deterent to putting those apes in the game at all.

    And for Gad’s sake the Pens should just trade Niskanen and let the kids play on the third line. Sending Despres back to the AHL simply because you can is assinine.

    • erbaker67 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      I have to agree. The only way Despres is going to get any better is to be on the ice against the best in the world. He is not going to get better in the AHL. Hes been there for too long already. Niskanen is expendable, this is a business, and as much as I like Niskanen he is the odd man out in my opinion.

    • anthonyverna - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      It seems like the law of unintended consequences.

      • hockey412 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Possibly. And it sets a horrible precedent unless used effectively. There’s definitely a danger there. But goons targeting talent is far worse, in my opinion, especially when they are targeting them with their gloves off.

  2. laxman1944 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Let the boys “Police” the game themselves……..enough is enough already.

    WAKE UP…….Bettman

    • hockey412 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      That’s not “policing”, though. That’s finding the biggest goon you can find and offering him a million dollars to hunt the heads of players that people will actually show up to watch. If a team were to fill it’s rosters with John Scott’s, that team would be bankrupt in a year. The league knows where it’s bread is buttered.

      • laxman1944 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Good point 412 so what is the solution.

        Don’t want to see a league full of goons (they do have their place in the game though) just not 4 per team.

        But when your team does not have a “Heavy” other teams DO take liberties you see it all the time.

        What Clarkson did was exactly what a TEAMATE should do. You can’t let their goon go afeter your skill guy that is about 200 lbs smaller for crying out loud.


      • hockey412 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Actually I agree with you. Wasn’t sure what point you were trying to make – but it’s hard not to see the point of the ‘leaving the bench’ penalty. I was refering to the fine to Rolston for what happened afterward. Even that almost crosses the line, though.

      • joey4id - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        If what Clarkson did was exactly what a teammate should do, then we’d see a lot more 10 game suspensions. Players who came between Scott and Kessel did exactly what teammates should do. Losing Clarkson is HUGE and could have a very negative effect on the team’s push to make the playoffs. Besides, no one was in serious trouble. I remember one time watching a junior game. The biggest player of the team was about to pound the heck out of the smallest player on the opposing team. Someone left the bench to take down the big dude saving the kid from a beating. In this case you can justify leaving the bench, and it shouldn’t be one of your best players to do so. Imagine the scenario happening in the playoffs. Would you expect a player of Clarkson’s abilities to leave the bench during a playoff game?

  3. shamu1the1whale - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    If what Rosehill is saying is keeps on happening and goons target and keep taking out the talent from the league by injuring them, I will definitely no longer want to watch any NHL games anymore. I watch NHL games to see talent and skill at getting pucks into the net.

    • shamu1the1whale - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Oh yeah, and Patrick Kane ROCKS!! Love the guy

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