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PHT Morning Skate: Welcome to trade deadline 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.

It may have felt like yesterday was trade deadline with the number of big names that found new locations, but at 3 p.m. ET today, things will come to a head.

One team that’s not a big fan of deadline day? The Winnipeg Jets and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.  (Winnipeg Free Press)

They may not be fans of it, but word is they could be moving Devin Setoguchi and Chris Thorburn. (WFP)

So just what’s going to happen with Marian Gaborik today? (Columbus Dispatch)

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Know who’s been red hot since returning from Sochi? St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund. (Post-Dispatch)

Even after three years, Roberto Luongo never saw yesterday’s trade coming. (The Province)

Ales Hemsky sure looked good last night against Ottawa, didn’t he interested GMs? (Edmonton Journal)

Speaking of the Senators, Jason Spezza was awfully frustrated following the loss to Edmonton. (Senators Extra)

Boston’s Jordan Caron is nervous going into deadline day. (

He wasn’t cannibalized, but Russia parted ways with coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. (

After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”

Virtanen to make NHL debut tonight versus Kings

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Jake Virtanen, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, will make his NHL debut tonight when his Canucks meet the Kings in Los Angeles.

The 19-year-old winger was a healthy scratch for Vancouver’s first three games of the regular season. He had two goals and two assists in six preseason games.

“I can’t wait,” he told reporters. “My energy is high. I want to get a couple of hits on my first shift.”

Big and physical with goal-scoring ability, the consensus is that Virtanen will remain in the NHL and not be returned to junior after he’s played nine games. That consensus could always change based on his play, of course.

The Canucks — who won last night in Anaheim — did not have a full skate this morning, so it’s unclear who will come out of the lineup. The best guess is rookie Jared McCann, who’s been playing third-line center.

If McCann does come out, the Canucks could move Brandon Sutter to third-line center and Virtanen could take Sutter’s spot on the first line with the Sedin twins. Or, there could be more extensive line juggling.