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PHT Morning Skate: ‘Hawks win after GM Bowman replenished depth


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.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson got a taste of life in the NHL last season and is working to stay to make sure he stays with the Lightning in 2013-14. (

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman deserves a lot of credit for rebuilding the team’s supporting cast after their 2010 Stanley Cup championship. (Yahoo!)

Some interesting statistics and facts about Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. (

New Jersey Devils director of scouting David Conte isn’t sure this year’s draft will compare to 2003 in terms of the sheer quantity of players that will develop into big name stars. However, he thinks we might see even more players from 2013 go on to have long NHL careers. (Edmonton Journal)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are also looking to add some more goaltending depth. Meanwhile, the team continues to compete with the KHL for Sergei Bobrovsky’s services, (

Retired defenseman Adam Foote has officially been added to Colorado’s coaching staff as a defense development consultant. Meanwhile, Andre Tourigny will serve as an assistant coach and Mario Duhamel is the Avalanche’s new video coach. (Denver Post)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in Edmonton forward Sam Gagner. He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent and the Oilers might end up inking him to a long-term deal instead of trading him. (Edmonton Journal)

Highlights from Chicago’s 3-2 victory against Boston:

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.

Fabbri primed to make Blues in significant role

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With the start of the regular season just around the corner, it looks like Robby Fabbri will not only make his NHL debut on Thursday, but also get meaningful minutes.

During Sunday’s practice the 19-year-old forward played alongside Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz. Nothing is set in stone, but that combination did gel.

“I think we want to look at what the combinations look like now rather than do it at the start of the season,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We’re looking at a hard match line and we’re also looking at taking advantage of speed and skill off the rush.

“I really liked what I saw today. I really liked Lehtera’s line, they looked very dynamic off the rush.”

The top line of Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, and Vladimir Tarasenko seems like a good bet to play together for the time being. Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz will stick together on the second line while Dmitrij Jaskin and David Backes can expect to be regular partners on the third unit. The X-factors will be Fabbri and Troy Brouwer as Hitchcock has left the door open to alternating between the two of them on the second and third line depending on the opponent.

Fabbri was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and is looking to make the leap after a brief stint in the AHL last season. At the OHL level, he’s been a dominate force with the Guelph Storm, scoring 25 goals and 51 points in 30 games in 2014-15.