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PHT Morning Skate: Avs coach Roy wants to give fans offensive team


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.

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy knows his players need to be sound defensively, but in the interest of putting on “a great show” for the fans, he wants the Avalanche to be an offensive-minded team. (Denver Post)

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have agreed to help the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program by buying equipment and participating in instructional sessions for kids that want to take up the sport of hockey. (Los Angeles Times)

Edmonton Oilers forward Ben Eager ended up going unclaimed on waivers last season and was consequently sent to the minors. Now the veteran of 400 NHL games has a fresh opportunity with new coach Dallas Eakins and he’s trying to take advantage of it. (Edmonton Sun)

Australian-raised forward Nathan Walker is thoroughly enjoying the experience of participating in the Washington Capitals’ training camp. The 19-year-old is fighting to eventually become the first Australian player in the NHL. (NHL.com)

Zac Dalpe, Drayson Bowman, and Zach Boychuk are all 23 to 24 years old, but none of them have been able to firmly establish themselves with the Carolina Hurricanes, making this camp critical for them. It won’t be long before they’re overshadowed by the next group of promising youngsters if they don’t step up and secure their NHL jobs. (News & Observer)

Going into his first full season in the NHL, 27-year-old Carl Soderberg is likely to serve as Boston’s third-line left winger and should end up with some power-play ice time. Meanwhile, Reilly Smith might have the edge in the battle to serve as the right winger on the same line. (Boston Globe)

Sharks name Pavelski captain; Thornton, Couture alternates

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Joe Pavelski is the new captain of the San Jose Sharks. The club made the announcement today via Twitter.

The former captain, Joe Thornton, will be an alternate captain, along with Logan Couture.

Pavelski, 31, was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season, finishing with 37 goals and 33 assists. He’s also signed through 2018-19, so giving him the ‘C’ makes sense from a long-term stability perspective.

Couture, 26, is also signed through 2018-19, while Thornton, 36, only has two years left on his contract.

The Sharks had four alternate captains (Thornton, Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic) in 2014-15, but no captain.

Related: DeBoer says Sharks will have a captain next season

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.