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PHT Morning Skate: Saying goodbye to Martin Brodeur (plus a brutal Sidney Crosby typo)

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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.

After a brief jaunt with the St. Louis Blues, Martin Brodeur is hanging up his leg pads and taking a front office job. Let’s take a look at some of what’s been said and written about the departing legend in a special Marty-heavy edition of the PHT Morning Skate.

Martin Brodeur: By the Numbers. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Brodeur retired to take a job in the Blues’ front office. Shouldn’t he be getting such a gig with the New Jersey Devils instead? (In Lou We Trust)

Patrick Roy’s take on Brodeur retiring. (Puck Daddy)

Apparently the Blues gave Brodeur a very “St. Louis” goodbye message. (St. Louis Game Time)

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NBCSN shared two videos on Brodeur last night.

First, here’s a collection of reactions from players and coaches:

Finally, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones share some memories:

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A few non-Brodeur bits really quick …

This is, um, regrettable.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman wants to be an all-around threat.

Pens’ Sidney Crosby (lower body) to miss the All-Star Game

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will miss this weekend’s All-Star Game due to a lower body injury the club announced Thursday.

According to the the Penguins, Crosby has been playing with the injury and will require a week to heal.

As a result of missing the All-Star Game, Crosby will be forced to miss the Penguins’ game Jan. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets. The game is Sidney Crosby bobblehead night in Pittsburgh.

Crosby becomes the second Penguin to bow out of this weekend’s festivities.

Evgeni Malkin will not participate due to a lower body injury and has been replaced by Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg.

Related: Bobrovsky will miss All-Star Game, replaced by Elliott

Not saying Sidney Crosby has the mumps, but it sure looks like Sidney Crosby has the mumps

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Sidney Crosby is “feeling a bit better” and “happy to be back” after missing practice yesterday due to an unspecified illness.

But, uh, not sure how to put this, but does the right side of Sid’s face look a little mumps-ish to you?

Crosby says he expects to play tonight when his Pittsburgh Penguins host Calgary. Though we’re thinking he should probably have his own water bottle, just to be safe.

What with the “rampant” mumps outbreak and all.

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Video: Islanders’ Martin hits Sidney Crosby, fights Bortuzzo

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There have been plenty of goals scored between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins through two periods on Friday. Some emotion, too, between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Through 40 minutes, Islanders’ forward Matt Martin was an assist short of the Gordie Howe hat trick, after he scored in the first period and fought Robert Bortuzzo in the second. The scrap occurred seconds after Martin caught Pittsburgh’s star Sidney Crosby with a hit that appeared perfectly clean along the side boards. Bortuzzo took exception and challenged Martin to a fight.

Now, as the two come together away from the boards, it almost appeared that Bortuzzo attempted a headbutt on Martin (at :24 of the video). Both players were assessed major penalties for fighting, and there were no other penalties handed out.

Video: Here’s Sidney Crosby pouring cold water on himself

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Since that looked really cold, here’s a link if you want to donate to the ALS Association (United States) or ALS Canada. For more on the “ice bucket challenge” craze, click here.

PS — Sid’s wrist looked pretty good on the bucket lift.