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.
Kari Lehtonen could’ve been upset at hearing of Tim Thomas’ arrival in Dallas after the deadline day deal. Instead, he’s anxious to meet him and appreciates that Thomas, “likes Finnish people.” (Stars.com)
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More goalie talk: Blues goalie Brian Elliott totally gets why the team went out and got Ryan Miller. (Post-Dispatch)
Add Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi to the list of people saying the salary cap will only jump to $68 million next season thanks to a weaker Canadian dollar. (Los Angeles Times)
Boston’s Shawn Thornton says the Bruins are a “confident bunch” as the season rolls towards the playoffs. They should be, they’re probably the best team in the East right now. (CSNNE.com)
Zdeno Chara is happy to have countryman Andrej Meszaros there to help out. It’s good to keep the captain happy. (CSNNE.com)
Paul Stastny is glad to have trade deadline day behind him so the rumors can stop. (The Denver Post)
Finally, in today’s weird news, Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux are going to have a different kind of opponent coming up soon:
Don’t fall for the hidden ball trick, you guys.