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PHT Morning Skate: Where the players want to help the smaller teams

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.

Many NHL players want to have the smaller, struggling teams get a bit more help, and why wouldn’t they want that? More money for everyone is a good thing. (The Tennessean)

Steve Simmons wants to know why American coaching hero Herb Brooks is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson isn’t. (Toronto Sun)

The Avalanche (and Nuggets) came up big in a charity event in Jessica Redfield’s memory. (All Things Avs)

Oilers coach Ralph Krueger decided to hide out in the woods this summer. Would you rather talk to a bear or Ben Eager? (Edmonton Sun)

Al Montoya has some new Jets-themed mask art. (Sportsnet)

Add Fedor Tyutin to the list of players destined for the KHL if there’s a lockout. (Columbus Dispatch)

Turns out Paul Henderson hasn’t accepted an invite to play a hockey game in Red Square

Paul Henderson

And this is why we were skeptical about whether an exhibition game commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union would be played in Moscow’s Red Square on Feb. 26:

Canada’s Paul Henderson, the hero of the series, denies he’s accepted an invite to the game, as was reported by RIA Novosti.

“I haven’t talked to a soul, no one at all,” Henderson told the Canadian Press. “In fact, I’m going to be down in the Caribbean on holidays.”

He added: “No, I’m not going. There’s no interest whatsoever.”

Russia to play Canada in Red Square for 1972 Summit Series anniversary?

Paul Henderson

To mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, Russia would like to host a commemorative exhibition game next month, possibly in Moscow’s Red Square.

“We have a working group, we have found partners on the Canadian side and sent them an invitation. We plan ceremony along with a hockey match on February 26. I don’t rule out that the match will take place on Red Square,” Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, told RIA Novosti.

More from RIA Novosti:

An official close to event organizers told RIA Novosti that 30 stars of past and present had been invited to take part, and four had already accepted: Former Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque; Finland’s former Edmonton Oilers forwards Jari Kurri and Esa Tikkanen; and Paul Henderson, who scored Canada’s winning goals in the last three games of the summit series, securing victory for Canada.

Officials hope the Canadian captain during the series, Phil Esposito, will also take up the offer, along with Bobby Hull, Paul Coffey, Mark Recchi, Dale Hawerchuk and Wayne Gretzky, among others.

… The Summit Series was a series of eight matches played in Canada and Russia throughout September of 1972. The pulsating series, played at the height of the Cold War, went to a deciding game after three wins apiece and one draw. Henderson scored the dramatic winning goal past Vladislav Tretiak in the Soviet goal with half a minute remaining in the final period to win the match 6-5 and the series 4-3, in what went down as one of the Canada’s greatest sporting moments.

Consider me skeptical whether this game will actually take place. Only a month away and still sending out invites?

I’m also a little worried it’s a Russian trap, i.e. Paul Henderson has gone missing in Moscow. Police have no clue as to his whereabouts. “Maybe he go to Siberia for vacation,” said one government official. “Siberia very nice this time of year.”

Related: Summit Series redux? Hockey Canada, Russian Federation presidents to meet