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PHT Morning Skate: Krejci’s contract is up in Czech Republic

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.

You’d read a few days ago about a slew of players leaving Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga, but Boston’s David Krejci had his contract expire there. The more you know… (CSNNE.com)

Red Wings prospect Tomas Tatar is having a big year in the AHL. (Detroit News)

Speaking of the Wings, they apparently owe the City of Detroit a lot of money. That new arena project looks a lot shadier now, doesn’t it? (Detroit News via Kukla’s Korner)

The owner of the AHL Chicago Wolves wants to set his sights on an NHL team. Hello, Seattle? (Chicago Tribune – subscription req)

Remember when the NHL played on Christmas Day? If not, read this. (NHL.com)

If there’s no season, the 2013 draft might be in peril. Can’t New Jersey have anything nice? (Edmonton Journal)

Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz is earning valuable experience in Peoria. (Post-Dispatch)

Today marks Day 102 of the NHL lockout. 16 players in NHL history have had 102-point seasons. Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis was the last to do it in the 2006-07 season.

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.

CSNNE.com’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?