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.
Patrik Elias celebrated becoming just the third player to appear in 1,000 games for the New Jersey Devils (Martin Brodeur and Ken Daneyko were the others) by scoring three points. Nice. (Tom Gulitti)
Darryl Sutter is doing a good job of waking up the Los Angeles Kings, although it seems like their offense would rather hit the “Snooze” button for a little longer. (Sports Illustrated)
Simon Gagne’s request that his teammates not ask about his concussion until he shaves his beard would be funny if he was clean-shaven. (Rich Hammond)
The New York Rangers’ win clinched John Tortorella’s spot as one of the All-Star Game coaches. I was going to call him the “East” coach, but instead he’ll be in charge of Team Player X. (NHL.com)
The “Fail for Nail” campaign might lose some steam after Nail Yakupov went down with a knee injury from the World Junior Hockey Championships. (NHL.com)
Here’s some evidence that Evgeni Nabokov probably hopes that Bobby Ryan won’t get traded to an Eastern Conference team, if the Anaheim Ducks are crazy enough to move him.
Eric Staal notched three points as he – and not coincidentally, the Carolina Hurricanes – seems to be heating up quite a bit as of late. (The Associated Press)
CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty thinks that Vancouver/Roberto Luongo’s decision to start Cory Schneider against the Boston Bruins this afternoon is “weak sauce.” (Haggerty)
Find out how Staal, Zach Parise and other players feel about that realignment business. (USA Today)
CSNPhilly.com’s John Boruk dares to be disappointed with the finale to HBO 24/7 Flyers/Rangers (CSN Philly)