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PHT Morning Skate: Where Gulutzan focuses on present rather than his job security

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.

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has battled more than his fair share of injuries over the last few years, but he’s pain free now and isn’t concerned about his limitations. (Washington Times)

The Philadelphia Flyers don’t have much breathing room left if they want to make the playoffs. (CSN Philly)

Ilya Kovalchuk should start skating soon. The New Jersey Devils could certainly use him. (The Star-Ledger)

Recently acquired 20-year-old prospect Kale Kessy is excited to be a part of an Edmonton Oilers franchise that’s full of “so many young, talented players.” (

Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan in trying to focus on the day-to-day running of his team, rather than the possibility that his days as the Stars’ coach are numbered. (Dallas Morning News)

Brenden Morrow has no goals and just one assist in six games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but that doesn’t concern GM Ray Shero. He got Morrow for his “grit and leadership.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

A look at how the Edmonton Oilers’ first 19 games compare with their last 19 contests. (Edmonton Journal)

The Flyers didn’t make a big splash before the trade deadline passed, but they did improve their team. (CSN Philly)

You can check out the highlights from St. Louis’ 1-0 victory against Detroit below:

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Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

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The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

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Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.