U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is presented with a personalized jersy from Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews during a celebration of 2013 National Hockey League champions in the East Room of the White House November 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. This was the second time The Blackhawks have visited the White House in as many years after the team was celebrated by the president in 2011.
(November 3, 2013 - Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

PHT Morning Skate: Blackhawks put 2013 Cup victory behind them

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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.

With their White House visit behind them, the Chicago Blackhawks have closed the books on their 2013 Stanley Cup-winning campaign. (CSN Chicago)

Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger doesn’t take any pleasure in seeing the team struggle after he was fired over the summer. (Edmonton Journal)

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland has been asked to serve as a forward lately and has looked “completely comfortable” in that role. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Recently acquired forward Thomas Vanek sees parallels between New York Islanders captain John Tavares and their teammate Kyle Okposo. The 25-year-old forward has surpassed expectations so far with four goals and 17 points in 14 games this season. (Newsday)

Meanwhile Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton practiced as a blueliner on Monday. Defensemen Justin Schultz and Anton Belov are injured, but Hamilton won’t actually serve as a defenseman on Tuesday. The team summoned Taylor Fedun from AHL Oklahoma to help fill the void. (Edmonton Sun)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been quietly and vastly surpassing expectations. (ESPN.com)

Highlights from Anaheim’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers:

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.