Ted Nolan

PHT Morning Skate: Where Ted Nolan is happy being a hockey dad

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.

Ted Nolan was more than happy to sit in the stands and watch his son, Jordan Nolan, win a Stanley Cup. (NHL.com)

Kings fans showed Vancouver fans a thing or two about how to celebrate the right way. Then again, Canucks fans didn’t have anything to celebrate last year. (Toronto Sun)

The Kings’ future is looking very bright… (Los Angeles Times)

…But they’re going to have to get Jonathan Quick signed up to a long-term deal soon. His contract runs out after next season. (Los Angeles Times)

Haggs says we could be in for a shorter season next year. Wee, labor fun! (CSNNE.com)

The Blues parted ways with AHL coach Jared Bednar. (Post-Dispatch)

Sharks name Pavelski captain; Thornton, Couture alternates

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Joe Pavelski is the new captain of the San Jose Sharks. The club made the announcement today via Twitter.

The former captain, Joe Thornton, will be an alternate captain, along with Logan Couture.

Pavelski, 31, was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season, finishing with 37 goals and 33 assists. He’s also signed through 2018-19, so giving him the ‘C’ makes sense from a long-term stability perspective.

Couture, 26, is also signed through 2018-19, while Thornton, 36, only has two years left on his contract.

The Sharks had four alternate captains (Thornton, Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic) in 2014-15, but no captain.

Related: DeBoer says Sharks will have a captain next season

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.