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PHT Morning Skate: Red Wings, Lightning’s affiliates will play in Calder Cup finals

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.

We’re approaching the 20th anniversary of the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup. (Ottawa Citizen)

Losing Mike Richards has been a big blow for the Los Angeles Kings, but Jeff Carter is comfortable shifting to center and playing alongside Dustin Penner and Tyler Toffoli. (LA Kings Insider)

Detroit’s AHL-affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, will face Tampa Bay’s farm team, the Syracuse Crunch, in the Calder Cup finals. (

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has just two assists in his last seven games. Kane wants to “be patient, but when the opportunity’s there, go and get it.” (CSN Chicago)

Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is being evaluated seriously for a number of vacant NHL head coaching gigs, but he’ll need to be careful when deciding what to do next. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression. (Toronto Star)

How will the Blackhawks respond to being without Duncan Keith? He will serve a one-game suspension for slashing. (CSN Chicago)

Highlights from Boston’s 2-1 double-overtime victory over Pittsburgh:

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. (