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PHT Morning Skate: Where everyone wants Shane Doan


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.

Get this, the Red Wings want Shane Doan… (Detroit Free Press)

…And so do the San Jose Sharks (the interest is mutual!). (All Things Avs)

…As do the Chicago Blackhawks and they know they’re not alone. (

Take this with a grain of salt: There’s a report out of Russia saying Alexander Semin will sign a one-year deal with the Penguins. (Sportsnet)

Former BU product Vinny Saponari is from Georgia and he’s trying out with the Winnipeg Jets. Well this is awkward. (Winnipeg Sun)

Adam Oates was happy to get over his first-day butterflies running the Capitals’ prospect camp. (

The Devils are on the hunt for assistant coaches now. (Fire & Ice)

The Kitchener Rangers are suing a Michigan student newspaper for their story about the team looking to pay big bucks to Jacob Trouba to play for them. (QMI Agency)

Signings: Bruins lock up Christian Hanson (  Leafs sign Korbinian Holzer (Toronto Sun) Ducks sign Corey Elkins (Ducks)

Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.

Bruins put Morrow on IR, bring up Cross

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Lower-level defense is not the biggest of many worries for the Boston Bruins, yet it might be another in a series of headaches.’s Joe Haggerty points out that Joe Morrow has been placed on IR while AHL stalwart Tommy Cross was called up.

With a -3 rating and negligible offensive impact so far, few will really be missing Morrow (pictured). From the way Haggerty describes Cross, it’s a pretty cool story if he gets into the lineup:

Cross was named captain of the Providence Bruins this season, and actually had a strong training camp as the hard-hitting, tough stay-at-home defenseman he’s developed into during his five years in the B’s minor league system. The 2007 second round pick was a highly regarded potential puck-moving defenseman when he was drafted prior to his Boston College career, but a series of knee injuries negated some of his speed and puck-moving capabilities.

Granted, the Bruins would prefer a sure-thing improvement over a feel-good story right now, as this 0-3-0 start marks their worst beginning in some time.

Injuries have been an issue in general, too, with Zdeno Chara‘s slow start mixed with Dennis Seidenberg on the mend and Brad Marchand in limbo.

The Bruins’ next game comes against the Avalanche in Colorado. Maybe they’ll start to mend things on the ice?