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PHT Morning Skate: Pens’ Payerl wants to be an NHL ‘beast’

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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.

You may have missed Penguins forward Adam Payerl in the two games he played for Pittsburgh last season, but at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, Bill Guerin says he’s a “beast.” (Penguins)

P.K. Subban has been just about everywhere in Montreal over the weekend including on stage at Just For Laughs with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What a life! (Montreal Gazette)

Remember goalie Mark Dekanich? The former Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets farmhand is rocking it in the KHL playing for Medvescak Zagreb in Croatia and could be the Croatian National Team’s man in net, too. (IIHF)

The sons of former Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Steve Chiasson are getting their shot to follow in their father’s footsteps in Raleigh. (NHL.com)

Washington Capitals farmhand defenseman David Kolomatis is headed to Finland after striking a deal with Tappara in the SM-liiga. (Washington Post)

The battle amongst young players on the Buffalo Sabres blue line will be a tough one. (NHL.com)

PHT Morning Skate: Varlamov suffers ‘minor’ injury abroad

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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.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov suffered an ankle injury in Switzerland that the team is calling “very minor.” That’s a relief for fans in the Rockies. (Denver Post)

Big week for the Dineen family. First Kevin lands an assistant job with the Chicago Blackhawks and now his brother Gord will be head coach of the AHL Toronto Marlies. (Toronto Sun)

A Blackhawks fan is suing the team because they were hit by a puck during a game in 2013. (ESPNChicago.com)

Carolina hired David Marcoux as their new goaltending coach. (Hurricanes)

Reclamation projects are nothing new for the Nashville Predators. (Rinkside Report)

Kasperi Kapanen is adjusting well already to life in Pittsburgh. (Penguins)

Sabres goalie Matt Hackett will be out until November or December after getting his knee wrecked last season. (Mike Harrington)

Did you know the Florida Panthers toyed with the idea of using teal in their color scheme? The ’90s I tell ya… (Icethetics)

Penguins prospect Dominik Uher is a trash-talking expert. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The Predators signed fourth-round pick Viktor Arvidsson. Now we’ll be thinking of former Ottawa Senators forward Magnus Arvedson all day. Wait, just me? OK. (The Tennessean)

Finally, check out Sam Reinhart and Zemgus Girgensons getting to know each other during last night’s development camp scrimmage in Buffalo:

PHT Morning Skate: Canucks prospect Demko shows California pride

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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.

Vancouver Canucks first-round pick Thatcher Demko is a California kid headed to Boston College and eager to show Canada what he’s got in the future. (Metro West)

Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher is homeless now. OK not really, but now that his old landlord, Josh Gorges,  is in Buffalo he’ll need to find some new digs. (Montreal Gazette)

Did you know the Philadelphia Flyers nearly had an unbelievable nightmare of a third jersey in the ’90s? Let’s just say the orange and black nearly had teal invited to the party. (Icethetics)

In better Flyers news, they signed 2014 seventh-round pick Jesper Pettersson. (Flyers)

The Nashville Predators are slightly altering their goal song by swapping in The Black Keys in place of Gary Glitter. That’s probably a really good idea. (Section 303)

Twitter is a fun thing – especially when it leads to insane stuff like wondering if Steven Stamkos favoriting a story about him that concerns the Toronto Maple Leafs gets the news cycle going. Oy Linden Vey, is it training camp yet? (The Hockey News, The Leafs Nation)

Former Blackhawks and Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon is excited for his next, non-NHL challenge. (ESPN Chicago)

Finally, looks like Tim Murray will be bringing a familiar face with him from Ottawa to Buffalo in scout Rob Murphy.

PHT Morning Skate: Grabovski, Kulemin reuniting makes for good story

Toronto Maple Leafs v Buffalo Sabres
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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.

The story of how Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski reunited to sign with the New York Islanders is something pretty special. (Sportsnet)

Remember how crazy it seemed when Jonathan Drouin didn’t make the Tampa Bay Lightning last season? Yeah, he’s very motivated to do that this time around and that’s great news for the ‘Bolts. (Tampa Bay Times)

Is Paul Stastny throwing shade? He said he sees more opportunity with the Blues. (Post-Dispatch)

Does spending tons of money guarantee success? No, but it sure makes it look like teams are trying. (Sportsnet)

Brian Gionta signing with the Buffalo Sabres makes for a nice homecoming story for a guy who becomes a leader for a young team. (NHL.com)

Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen better be ready for lots of scrutiny in Washington with their big deals. (Washington Post)

Steve Downie reuniting with Rick Tocchet in Pittsburgh makes for a nice story, but his history of menacing the Penguins brings questions. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

What about the other guy involved in the Jason Spezza trade? Alex Chiasson hopes to emerge as a star with the Senators. (NHL.com)

PHT Morning Skate: Free agency day is upon us

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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.

It’s the day that virtually signals the start of a new season while putting an end to the previous one. Today, fans, your team molds its future by signing (or avoiding signing) players to new potentially gigantic new deals beginning at noon ET.

Buckle up, it should be wild. As for what’s happening…

Looks like Columbus’ Derek MacKenzie, Jack Skille, and Blake Comeau are headed for UFA status at noon. (Columbus Dispatch)

Looks like Detroit’s shopping list on defense consists of Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen. Christian Ehrhoff no longer in the hunt. (Mlive.com)

The St. Louis Blues are going to go hardest after Paul Stastny. (Post-Dispatch)

Caps first-round pick Jakub Vrana met Barry Trotz for the first time in… the men’s room? (CSNWashington.com)

It’s not only free agency day, but it’s also Canada Day and that hasn’t always been a great thing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Toronto Sun)

It’s pretty wild the Vancouver Canucks are seemingly hottest after goalie Ryan Miller this summer, isn’t it? (Toronto Sun)

Yeah, Willie Mitchell will be with a different team next season. (L.A. Times)

Sabres GM Tim Murray knows the rebuild is on his shoulders even though it started before he got there. Good thing he landed Sam Reinhart in the draft. (NHL.com)