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PHT Morning Skate: Jaromir Jagr made Sunday a special day


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.

When Jaromir Jagr played in the 2012 Winter Classic for Philadelphia, his day was short-lived after suffering an injury in the first period. This time around playing at Yankee Stadium, he said he had a “secret” method to avoid the same fate. (The Star-Ledger)

Jagr also talked about passing Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time on the NHL assist list:

I think we can all get behind Jagr playing for as long as he wants. What a guy.

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Ryan Miller trade rumors are heating up and the St. Louis Blues are believed to be a potential landing spot. (Post-Dispatch)

Devan Dubnyk hopes things aren’t as weird when the Predators return to Edmonton in March. (Edmonton Journal)

Islanders rookie Ryan Strome had a rough night in the AHL. (Islanders Point Blank)

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell is sporting a fancy new walking boot. Uh oh. (CSNPhilly.com)

Ryan Smyth is leaving his mark on the Oilers:

Anze Kopitar said the Kings apparently didn’t need a “closed door” meeting to figure some things out. (L.A. Kings Insider)

How would you describe how the Canadiens have played lately? Would “alien zombies” fit the bill? (Montreal Gazette)

Erik Gudbranson was scratched for Florida last night so Dylan Olsen could play. Hmm. (Miami Herald)

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.