Keith Yandle

PHT Morning Skate: Where Keith Yandle might be on the move


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.

Darren Millard reports that the Phoenix Coyotes are shopping around star – but expensive – defenseman Keith Yandle. Millard said a deal is “close” and that they previously put him on the block during the trade deadline. Is this a money thing or an Oliver Ekman-Larsson thing? (Millard)

Gary Lawless has the latest on the contract negotiations between Ondrej Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets. Apparently Pavelec’s reps want a four-year, $17 million deal while the Jets are thinking something more along the lines of a three-year, $12 million pact. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Here’s the lowdown on Brad Stuart’s new deal with the San Jose Sharks via Kevin Kurz. (

The Montreal Canadiens aren’t exactly accustomed to having such a high draft pick lately. (

Joe Haggerty regenerates a growing debate: should there be a “Bobby Orr Trophy”? That alteration would permit voters to honor the best stay-at-home defenseman and the best scoring defenseman separately, which seems relevant again considering Erik Karlsson’s Norris victory. (

The Coyotes might not have Yandle around to help their goalies, but they’re looking to keep their “Goalie Whisperer.” Pierre LeBrun reports that the team is close to bringing back Sean Burke. (ESPN)

Despite all the transfer headaches that can potentially come with it, Washington Capitals GM George McPhee says he won’t shy away from drafting Russian players this weekend. (

Michael Arace believes that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be fools to pass on Nail Yakupov if he drops to them at No. 2. (Columbus Dispatch)

Fourteen picks who could make sense for the Philadelphia Flyers. (

PHT Morning Skate: 10 years of Ovechkin; 10,000 days with Lamoriello

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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.

Looking back at 10 years of Alex Ovechkin with the Washington Capitals, in case the above video made you want more. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

David Conte spent 10,000 days with Lou Lamoriello and lived to tell about it. (TSN)

Want to spot some contract year guys? Here are 32 pending restricted free agents. (Sportsnet)

NHL GMs are starting to sniff around with the 2015-16 season about to kick off. (Ottawa Sun)

Some backstory on Zack Kassian that was passed around on Twitter last evening. (Canucks website)

Hey, you can’t say Raffi Torres hasn’t literally paid for his ways:

This is some quality chirping between Jaromir Jagr and Matthew Barnaby:

Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

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Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?

TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:

“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”


Daly said that he’d be surprised  “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”

As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.

For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.

The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.

So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?

At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”

Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.