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PHT Morning Skate: Where Barry Trotz pushes the right buttons

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.

There’s a reason why the Predators keep winning year after year and it’s because coach Barry Trotz knows when to bench guys to motivate them. (Tennessean)

The Kings are raising the price of season tickets by as much as 11-percent next year and that’s going over about as well as you’d think it is. (Los Angeles Times)

The Ducks’ winning ways of late sees them winning in ways they haven’t done yet this year. For example: Winning after being down after two periods like they did against the Wild last night. (OC Register)

So… The Jets might really need to make a move to try and secure a playoff spot. Like really, really. (Winnipeg Sun)

Speaking of the Jets, Evander Kane is becoming as well liked as Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne, and Bobby Hull in Winnipeg? Lofty company. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Ilya Kovalchuk was surprised to get passed to for his empty-net goal to secure his first hat trick as a New Jersey Devil. That Zach Parise is an all right guy. (Star-Ledger)

Know who’s playing like a No.1 center this year? Olli Jokinen. (Calgary Sun)

Johnny Boychuk was more than happy to stick around in Boston. That sweet new contract sure helped a lot too. (

Finally, speaking of hat tricks, check out Jason Spezza’s trick against the Lightning in a 4-0 Senators win. (NHL)

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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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.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (