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PHT Morning Skate: Where Virginia Beach wants an NHL or NBA team


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.

Virginia Beach economic development officials recently unveiled a plan to build an arena for $350 million in the hopes of attracting an NHL or NBA team. (Washington Times)

Capitals defenseman John Carlson is still a restricted free agent, but he’s not worried and based on his statement, he currently has no desire to play for any other club team. (Washington Post)

While we’re on the subject of RFAs, the Montreal Canadiens still need to ink PK Subban. (Montreal Gazette)

Hayley Wickenheiser and Angela Ruggiero are the first female hockey players to be included in EA Sports’ NHL series. (

Even though a Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993, the sheer number of Canadians in the league ensures that the Cup spends plenty of time in Canada during the summer months. (LA Times)

Loui Eriksson is getting ready for the 2012-13 campaign after an “ideal summer.” (

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”