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PHT Morning Skate: Where trade rumors continue to swirl

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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.

Would you trade Paul Stastny if you were the Avalanche? (All Things Avs)

What about if you were the Sharks and wanted to deal Patrick Marleau? Good luck getting him to waive his no-movement clause. (Working The Corners)

Tracey Myers says it’s about time the Blackhawks shook things up in free agency. Good luck with that. (CSNChicago.com)

Chris Lund asks the question: Did Harvard help bring Ryan Suter to Minnesota? In a roundabout way, yes. (Backhand Shelf)

Looking for ammo against people pooh-poohing the idea of signing Alexander Semin? (Pension Plan Puppets)

Signings: Wild sign Brian Connelly(CSNPhilly.com)  Caps sign Ryan Stoa (Capitals)

What happens when you mix “Game Of Thrones” with hockey jerseys? You get beauties like this. My geek senses are tingling over with joy. Better hurry though, you have until tomorrow to order one. (Rink Gear)


Finally, check out Anze Kopitar taking the Stanley Cup to Slovenia. Safe to say he’s a bit of a rock star there. (Kings)

PHT Morning Skate: Things aren’t going well for Simon Gagne

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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.

Simon Gagne would like to at least ride a stationary bike during his concussion recovery, but he can’t because his symptoms are still there. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Sens owner Eugene Melnyk can’t wait to get the bonus money he gave to Dany Heatley back. (Ottawa Sun)

Brian Campbell is loving life at the All-Star Game with his family. Aww… (On Frozen Pond)

In case you were curious: Brian Connelly, the guy acquired for Brendan Morrison, is hoping to get a chance in Calgary. (Calgary Sun)

Meanwhile, Marian Hossa is excited to have Morrison in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

Gary Bettman says the Blues’ sale to Tom Stillman is “still on track.” (Post-Dispatch)

All-Star goalies are ready to get sunburn on the back of their neck courtesy of the goal light today. (Ottawa Sun)

News you’ve heard before: Big changes could be coming to Buffalo’s roster. (Buffalo News)

Carey Price stopped Sean Couturier with his back turned last night. (Backhand Shelf)

Daniel Alfredsson is loving life being shown the love in front of the home fans in Ottawa. (Senators)

Blackhawks add center depth by acquiring Brendan Morrison

San Jose Sharks v Calgary Flames

The Chicago Blackhawks are gearing up for a tough month by adding a little depth at center. GM Stan Bowman acquired veteran center Brendan Morrison from the Calgary Flames for defensemen Brian Connelly.

With Jonathan Toews and sometimes-center Patrick Sharp on the mend – not to mention Dave Bolland’s frequent tendency to get hurt – it makes plenty of sense to add Morrison to the mix, especially at a minimal cost. It’s unclear if this is a sign that Toews might need more than the All-Star break to heal up, though.

My first instinct was to think that Morrison might help on the PK merely because of where he’d fit into the depth chart, but he certainly wasn’t piling up much shorthanded time in Calgary (less than nine minutes overall this season). He’s a decent faceoff guy (50.3 percent success rate) and scored 40+ points in each of the 2009-10 and 10-11 seasons.

It’s not a big move by any means, but I’d bet Bowman thinks of Morrison as another John Madden (although, again, Morrison doesn’t bring the same defensive game to the table). The Blackhawks can’t afford to go into February with a threadbare roster as they start a brutal eight-game road trip in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The best part for Chicago is that they have plenty of cap room left after having little breathing room the past two seasons. They’ll have a little under $13 million remaining under the ceiling even with Morrison in the fold.

Connelly is a 25-year-old minor league defenseman with some offensive skills – at least at the AHL level – so the Flames can say that they got younger. The real question is if they’ll make more veteran-for-prospect-type moves as the trade deadline approaches.