Joe Sakic #19 of the Colorado Avalanche takes a slapshot against the Minnesota Wild during game four of the 2008 NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 15, 2008 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
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PHT Morning Skate: Where we reflect on the classy nature of Joe Sakic

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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.

Despite having Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and now Taylor Hall on their roster, the AHL Oklahoma City Barons have gotten off to a mediocre 6-5-0-1 start. (Edmonton Journal)

Hockey Hall of Fame inductees talk about the 2004-05 and 2012 lockouts. (Sportsnet)

What if Mats Sundin wasn’t traded and he ended up spending his entire career playing alongside Joe Sakic? (ESPN)

Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray and Winnipeg Jets prospect Adam Lowry will be the WHL’s team captains in the league’s two upcoming games against Russia. (WHL)

Stu Grimson feels the alumni charity game he organized between former Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues was a success. (The Tennessean)

Former Avalanche coach and current Flames coach Bob Hartley recalls a time when Joe Sakic tried to pass up on an empty net opportunity by feeding the puck to Stephane Yelle, even though Sakic was one goal away from becoming the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and it was during the final minute of the Colorado Avalanche’s regular season. Yelle passed the puck back to Sakic, leaving him with “no choice but to score.” (Calgary Flames)

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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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.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (