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Giroux jersey tops list of best-sellers for January


It hasn’t been the best start to the season for Flyers captain Claude Giroux, but at least he can brag his jersey was the top-selling for the month of January.

Per Sports Business Daily (via ESPN), here are the top 25 as sold at

1. Claude Giroux
2. Jonathan Toews
3. Sidney Crosby
4. Ryan Callahan
5. James Neal
6. Kris Letang
7. Joe Thornton
8. Zdeno Chara
9. Alex Ovechkin
10. Vladimir Tarasenko
11. Pavel Datsyuk
12. Ryan Kesler
13. Evgeni Malkin
14. Brad Richards
15. Patrick Sharp
16. Henrik Zetterberg
17. Henrik Lundqvist
18. Nicklas Backstrom
19. Steven Stamkos
20. Tyler Seguin
21. Patrick Kane
22. Teemu Selanne
23. TJ Oshie
24. Jonathan Quick
25. Marian Hossa

PS — We wonder if the fact only one player from a Canadian team (Kesler) made the list has to do with the duty the site charges for items shipped north of the border.

PHT Morning Skate: Remembering 10 years of Crosby, Ovechkin

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin
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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.

Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (

Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)

After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)

Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)

DiMaio named Blues’ director of player personnel

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The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.

He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.

He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).

In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.

No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?