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PHT Morning Skate: Darryl wins Sutter Bowl I

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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.

Even though Darryl Sutter kept downplaying the “Sutter Bowl,” the Kings players said that they could tell there was a little something extra on the line against the Flames. (LA Times)

Sutter wasn’t the only one making a return to Calgary. In his first game back, newly acquired Michael Cammalleri reminded everyone that he still knows how to puck the puck in the net—and halfway through the game, he was reunited with a familiar linemate. (Calgary Herald)

Remember Angelo Esposito? Well, now he’s a member of the Stars. No, not the Dallas Stars… the Texas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

Should Tampa trade for a goaltender? Erik Erlendsson says that Lightning fans should get used to the idea of a Roloson/Garon tandem for the rest of the season. (Tampa Tribune)

Every young team undergoing a complete rebuild would like to think that they will be as successful as the Chicago Blackhawks model. So with that in mind, are the Edmonton Oilers on the right track? (Cult of Hockey)

The Ottawa Senators should send the Coyotes a “thank you” card. Since acquiring Kyle Turris, the Sens have earned 22 out of a possible 26 points. (Ottawa Sun)

Speed makes the NHL game one of the best spectator sports in the world. But it also makes it one of the most dangerous. (Star Tribune)

Last night, Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was the recipient of a hit that is sure to be reviewed by the league office. He says he feels fine, but head coach Todd McLellan had some strong feelings after the game. (CSN Bay Area)

It only took 12 years and 580 NHL games, but Evgeni Nabokov became the 26th member of the 300 win club with his win over the Buffalo Sabres. (Islanders Official)

Speaking of the Islanders/Sabres game, check out this scrap between Matt Martin and Joe Finley. Both men earned every bit of their five minute escape to the penalty box. (NHL)

Report: Blue Jackets on the verge of signing Sam Gagner

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It sounds like Sam Gagner may determine his destination for 2015-16 in the near future.

The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets are close to signing Gagner to a one-year, one-way deal. Such an agreement might not be made official until Monday, according to Portzline.

After a bumpy season with the Philadelphia Flyers in which he spent some time in the AHL, Gagner must especially appreciate the one-way nature of his next contract.

The Blue Jackets aren’t the only team interested in the 26-year-old, as his name was also connected to the Vancouver Canucks:

It looks like the still-quite-young scorer will get a clean slate after bouncing around and being defined by a bloated contract originally signed with the Edmonton Oilers.

(Remember when he broke one of Wayne Gretzky’s records?)

Gagner’s presence could make life easier for the likes of Boone Jenner:

It’s conceivable that Gagner could enjoy a nice rebound season if used in a specialized, protected role. The Blue Jackets may very well be the right fit.

… And on the other hand, the deficits in Gagner’s all-around game could at least provide some John Tortorella rage and entertainment.

Everyone wins.

Former Sabres forward Jochen Hecht calls it a career

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The Mannheim Eagles announced that German forward Jochen Hecht is retiring from hockey.

(It’s OK to be a little bewildered that he was still playing, just don’t be too mean about it.)

Hecht played 833 regular season games and 59 playoff contests at the NHL level, making his greatest mark as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

His last bit of NHL action came in 2012-13, when he scored 14 points in 47 games for Buffalo.

Since then, he wrapped up his career with the Mannheim Eagles, a team he’s sporadically played for since 1994-95.

Honestly, it’s weird to see Hecht in any sweater not related to German’s national teams, the Eagles or Sabres, even though the Blues actually drafted him:

Then again, he could also look odd in a certain Sabres sweater.

Apparently he got the NHL 16 Hockey Ultimate Card treatment:

Plenty of Sabres fans and reporters fondly remember Hecht, so here’s to a nice career.

Yes, it’s really happening: Vegas NHL team installs ice for first time

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Sometimes you just need a reminder that a remarkable thing actually is happening.

Saturday presented the latest evidence that the NHL coming to Las Vegas isn’t just a collective fever dream, as the still-nameless franchise noted that they’ve begun the process to install ice at T-Mobile Arena for the first time.

It’s not the prettiest picture, but it means a lot:

While setting up the first sheet of ice is a physical sign that things are coming together, the front office side will dictate the sort of team that eventually plays on it.

For more insight into that process, Puck Daddy takes a look at Murray Craven, who appears to be a key part of bringing things together … even if it’s difficult to nail down a specific title.

Presenting: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hockey bobbleheads

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From the Department of Sights You Can’t Un-see: the Milwaukee Admirals are going to unleash hockey-playing bobbleheads for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton “this fall.”

The Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate continues the fine tradition of headline-grabbing and all-around-odd promotions from the league.

/Pours one out for the Bakersfield Condors and their Seinfeld “puffy” shirts.

Feast your eyes on the rather disturbing duo:

(The replies to that tweet aren’t too weird yet, but it would probably be wise to stay away nonetheless.)

Naturally, there are other bobblehead options available for the two Presidential front-runners, with the Trump ones being especially entertaining.