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PHT Morning Skate: Where Dale Hunter channels Knute Rockne

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.

Dale Hunter apparently breathed a little fire in the Washington Capitals locker room during the second intermission of an eventual come-from-behind OT win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Makes sense; he might want to channel the fear he often generated during his playing days – that tends to work for a good chunk of coaches. (The Associated Press)

Tanner Glass is loving the wild atmosphere in Winnipeg, which makes sense since the hockey-starved little burgh is going nuts about the NHL and the Jets are 21-10-4 at home. (The Province)

Mike Heika argues that last night’s win over the Sharks shows that the Dallas Stars are ready to rule the Pacific. (The Dallas Morning News)

Chase Hughes wonders if the Washington Capitals might actually build some momentum. Considering the rugged stretch up ahead – they better. (

Chicago Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita received an honor they almost certainly never dreamed of: being immortalized in a 42-minute IMAX film, which premiered on Tuesday. (

Whenever you gape at the fact that the likes of Martin St. Louis went undrafted, Katie Baker’s look at some NHL GM’s dismissive attitudes toward “Money Puck” makes it less shocking. Sure, it’s an inexact science, but I’d say it gets a lot tougher when you reject any science that exists outside of your gut. /ends nerdy tiff (Grantland)

Joe Haggerty believes that the Boston Bruins are headed back on the right track after stumbling in the dog days of the season. (

Brandon Manning debuted for the Philadelphia Flyers last night, which surely prompted at least a few bad Philadelphia Eagles-Peyton Manning jokes. (

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette’s practice facility selections carry the scent of Spygate-esque paranoia. (

Want some video whimsy? Enjoy Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli trying his hand at “ice fishing.”

Shorter off-seasons probably explain his difficulties; I bet Steve Tambellini has a perfect fishing flow.

NHL has no plans to change waiver rules

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Even with all the young players that have been healthy scratches this season, don’t expect the NHL to change its waiver rules.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT in an email that it’s not something that’s “ever been considered.”

“For better or worse that’s what waiver rules are there for,” Daly wrote. “They force Clubs to make tough decisions.”

Today, Montreal defenseman Jarred Tinordi became the latest waiver-eligible youngster to be sent to the AHL on a two-week conditioning loan.

Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season. If he were still exempt from waivers, he’d have undoubtedly been sent to the AHL long before he had to watch so many NHL games from the press box.

In light of situations like Tinordi’s, some have suggested the NHL change the rules. Currently, the only risk-free way for waiver-eligible players to get playing time in the AHL is via conditioning stint, and, as mentioned, those are limited to 14 days in length.

So the Habs will, indeed, need to make a “tough decision” when Tinordi’s conditioning stint is up. Do they put him in the lineup? Do they keep him in the press box and wait for an injury or some other circumstance to create an opportunity for him to play? Do they risk losing him to waivers by attempting to send him to the AHL? Do they trade him?

Your call, Marc Bergevin.

Related: Stanislav Galiev is stuck in the NHL

Ortio clears waivers, assigned to Flames’ AHL team

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Joni Ortio has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Stockton, the Calgary Flames announced today.

The 24-year-old goalie was always likely to clear, what with his dreadful numbers this season (0-2-1, .868),

But we suppose there was always the chance he’d get picked up, so it’s a relief for the Flames all the same. With a little more time to hone his game in the AHL, Ortio could still turn out to be a quality NHL netminder.

In a related move, veteran goalie Jonas Hiller has been activated from injured reserve. Hiller and Karri Ramo are the only goalies on the Flames’ active roster now.

Price placed on injured reserve; Yakupov to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle

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Two injury updates in one post.

First, the situation with Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was hurt last night versus the Rangers.

According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. That means he’ll be out at least a week, though no exact timeline was provided.

“We don’t know how long Carey will be out, but for us it’s business as usual,” said Therrien.

Mike Condon will get the start tomorrow in New Jersey.

As for Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, he’ll be out 2-4 weeks after spraining his ankle last night in Carolina while getting tangled up with a linesman.

Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.