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.
Former NHL forward Gino Odjick has been diagnosed with AL amyloidosis, a rare terminal disease. He wrote a letter to the fans to talk about his condition. (Canucks.nhl.com)
There’s plenty of trade rumors involving the Winnipeg Jets’ Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. (Winnipeg Sun)
Kasperi Kapanen thinks getting a chance to play in Finland after his father, ex-NHLer Sami Kapanen, moved them there from South Jersey, ended up helping his game. (CSN Philly)
The interview process between teams and young prospects plays an important role in determining who squads take. Among other things, the players are subjected to written psychological tests. (Edmonton Sun)
With the Detroit Red Wings embracing a youth movement, GM Ken Holland is upbeat about the 2014 draft. (Detroit Free Press)
Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman thinks he’ll be able to find players that can make it to the NHL throughout the 2014 draft, although he doesn’t expect any of the guys he takes to have an immediate impact. (CSN Chicago)
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day