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PHT Morning Skate: In which Bernie Parent is the most old school guy around

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.

You already know Bernie Parent is playing in the Winter Classic Alumni Game, but he’s also breaking out his mask from 1974 to play in it as well. (

The Kings are struggling but they’re not putting the blame on Terry Murray’s system. My goodness, the coach has them brainwashed! (L.A. Kings Insider)

Jordin Tootoo might be suspended, but he’s still standing by his play. (Tennessean)

Nikita Filatov continues to sit in favor of Bobby Butler in Ottawa. Is this how it’ll be for him from now on? (Senators Extra)

Dave Bolland is still hampered by injury. Chicago could sure use him at 100%. (Chicago Tribune)

Travis Zajac practiced yesterday and he’s still hoping to be back by Christmas for New Jersey. (Fire & Ice)

Chicago’s ugly goalie situation isn’t controversial… Yet. For now it’s just really, really ugly. (ESPN Chicago)

The Oilers are taking their sweet time getting Taylor Hall back to action. (Edmonton Journal)

Rob Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun compared the Hurricanes win over the Oilers last night to… Pearl Harbor? Good grief. (@SUN_TYCHKOWSKI)


We might have to staple Ryan Miller’s mask to his head to make sure it stays on. (Buffalo News)

Finally, Jeff Skinner is a big fan of funky physics when a crazy bounce off the stanchion goes right to him in the slot for a goal. (NHL)

Teuvo time: Teravainen to open with Toews, Hossa

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Teuvo Teravainen has played both center and right wing over the course of his brief NHL career.

Now, he’s got a new position — left wing — and a pair of shiny new linemates to boot.

Teravainen will open the year playing alongside captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa, per the Sun-Times.

The move could be a boon for the young Finn. Several ex-Chicago wingers thrived playing alongside Toews and Hossa, most notably Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of production Teravainen, who just turned 21 last month, can manufacture on Chicago’s top line. His numbers from last year weren’t spectacular (nine points in 34 games), but he did a solid job of racking up points en route to the Stanley Cup, with 10 in 18 games.

It’ll also be interesting to see how long he sticks with Toews and Hossa.

Head coach Joel Quenneville has been known as a frequent user of the line blender, often switching up his combos at at moment’s notice.

That said, Quenneville is hoping to find some stability with this new-look group.

“[Teuvo will] play there to start the season,” he said. “Hopefully, all year.”

‘Great story’ Janmark surprises, makes Dallas roster

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Pretty cool story out of Texas, where Mattias Janmark, the 22-year-old rookie that’s played a grand total of nine games in North America, has defied the odds to make the Stars’ opening-night roster.

“It’s a great story,” Dallas GM Jim Nill said, per the Morning News. “We really only planned to have him here for maybe two preseason games and then send him back. But he just kept being one of the best players out there, and he changed our minds.

“It’s a great example of what you can do if you just play hard.”

Nill acquired Janmark, 22, from Detroit at last year’s deadline as part of the Erik Cole trade. Nill was familiar with the Swedish forward from his time with the Wings — he was part of the front office team that drafted Janmark in ’13 — but didn’t think the deal would pay such immediate dividends.

As for Janmark, he didn’t even think he’d be in North America this year.

He has a contract with SHL club Frolunda, where he scored 36 points in 55 games last year. Given he’s barely played in the AHL — a few games with Grand Rapids, a few with Texas — Janmark figured he’d be back in Europe this season.

His strong play in the exhibition season changed all that. Janmark beat out two of Dallas’ touted prospects — former AHL rookie of the year Curtis McKenzie, and ’12 first-rounder Radek Faksa — for a roster spot, and showed good chemistry with third-line center Cody Eakin.

Janmark also performed well on a line with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.