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PHT Morning Skate: Where Doan thinks Coyotes have mid-market potential in Glendale


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.

Connor McDavid, who is still just 15 years old, has been selected as the OHL Rookie of the Month. Sidney Crosby recently said that McDavid reminds him of himself and he’s hardly the only person to praise the young prospect. (

Edmonton Oilers prospect Brandon Davidson has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He’ll start treatment immediately and plans to “battle through this.” (Edmonton Journal)

Don Lonergan isn’t a player or an owner, but he’s one of the many people who are financially hurt by the ongoing NHL lockout. (Chicago Tribune)

Shane Doan still believes that Glendale is a viable hockey market. He thinks if they get an owner that reassures fans that the team will not move, then they’ll be able to capitalize on their recent on-ice success and become a “middle of the pack” team revenue wise. He also noted that the lockout hasn’t done them any favors when it comes to growing their fanbase after their impressive playoff run. (ESPN)

Depending on the length of this lockout, unrestricted free agent Andrew Brunette might have played in his last NHL game. Or, as Brunette put it, “I’ve got one foot in the grave and one foot on the ice with the casket slowly creaking to a close.” (Star Tribune)

Steven Stamkos is going to wait at least another two or three weeks before signing with a European club. (Tampa Bay Times)

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.