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.
Blues forward Patrik Berglund is normally a center but his recent move to the wing is paying off nicely so far. (Post-Dispatch)
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Oilers forward Ales Hemsky would love to get another chance to play for the Czech Republic in the Olympics. (Edmonton Journal)
Mikko Koivu was banged up on Saturday night and missed most of the third period. The Wild really don’t need to lose their captain while they’re struggling. (Star-Tribune)
Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly knows what it’s like to play for bronze at World Juniors and, you guessed it, it stinks. (Toronto Sun)
Do referees have a vendetta against P.K. Subban? He sure thinks so. (Sun Media)
Pittsburgh writer Seth Rorabaugh shared a story of why he misses the lockout. If you’ve got tissues nearby you might need them. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Wild prospect Matt Dumba had a tough time at World Juniors and he and his Team Canada coach, Brent Sutter, have a history. Not all of it is nice and easy though.
Lightning fans may have gulped a bit at the news of 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Drouin missing out on Team Canada’s World Junior camp with a sore foot.
Drouin, the third overall pick in this summer’s draft, was held off the ice for the two-day warm up before heading to Lake Placid. As it was, this would’ve been the one chance for him to skate with the rest of Team Canada’s invitees as coach Brent Sutter won’t be bringing any of last year’s World Junior team members (Nathan MacKinnon, Morgan Rielly, and Griffin Reinhart) to New York.
As for Drouin’s foot, it’s merely sore and he’s being kept off the ice as a precaution. Team Canada already knows what kind of player they’ve got in him and there’s no doubt the Lightning are happy to see them not pushing him just to practice.
After coaching the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils, Brent Sutter is going back to his roots.
Sutter took over as the interim head coach of the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL after firing Jesse Wallin. As Adam Kimelman from NHL.com notes, it’s just Sutter taking over all of the positions of the team as he’s already the owner, president, and general manager of the team.
Sutter left his job as coach of the Flames after the team missed out on the playoffs in April to return to Red Deer. He once coached the Rebels to the Memorial Cup back in 2001 and was the bench boss on a pair of Canadian World Junior Championship teams.
Hey, you can go home and then run the entire show again after all.