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PHT Morning Skate: Where Pavelec strongly opposes smaller pads


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.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec thinks that if the goalies pads shrink, then the players should be forced to use wooden sticks. (Winnipeg Sun)

24-year-old forward Kyle Flanagan has inked a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers for the 2013-14 campaign. He had 15 goals and 47 points in 35 games with St. Lawrence University this season. (CSN Philly)

Speaking of Flanagan, he was one of the 10 finalists announced on Thursday for the Hobey Baker Award. (

Buffalo Sabres enforcer Patrick Kaleta has no problem with being disliked. (Ottwa Citizen)

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is hoping that Damien Brunner will be inspired by Teemu Selanne. The Ducks will play Detroit on Friday. (Detroit Free Press)

A look at the San Jose Sharks’ situation as the trade deadline approaches. (CSN Bay Area)

Patrick Maroon has agreed to a two-year extension with the Anaheim Ducks. He’s scored twice in 11 games with Anaheim this season and he also has 39 points and 115 penalty minutes in 51 AHL contests in 2012-13. (

Now that Matt Carkner has recovered from a hip flexor injury, he can finally get back to trying to establish himself with the New York Islanders. (New York Newsday)

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has logged 86:11 power-play minutes this season, but goaltender Martin Brodeur has more power-play goals than him.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.