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.
U.S. GM David Poile doesn’t regret the team he assembled for the 2014 Winter Olympics despite its fourth place finish. (The Tennessean)
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Bryan Bickell has struggled with the Chicago Blackhawks this season, but the Olympic break seems to have done him some good. (CSN Chicago)
Mike Hoffman, 24, has been summoned by Ottawa for the third time in the last two seasons. Senators coach Paul MacLean is optimistic about his chances of being ready this time around, given that Hoffman ranks second in the AHL scoring race. (Ottawa Citizen)
The New York Islanders have promoted forwards Mike Halmo, Anders Lee and Ryan Strome. With John Tavares done for the season and Thomas Vanek likely to be traded, the Islanders’ young players will probably get a fair amount of playing time. (Islanders.nhl.com)
Although there’s next to no chance of it happening, the Calgary Flames haven’t given up on making the playoffs. (Calgary Sun)