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PHT Morning Skate: Columnist argues Berglund’s injury isn’t a big setback for Blues


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.

Jeff Gordon doesn’t see losing Patrik Berglund (shoulder surgery) for at least four months as a big blow to the St. Louis Blues. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

What does the Los Angeles Kings’ decision to sign Christian Ehrhoff tell us about the Slava Voynov situation? (Puck Daddy)

Sidney Crosby is enthusiastic about the prospect of playing with Phil Kessel for a lot of different reasons. (DK Pittsburgh Sports)

Shane Doan is happy with the moves the Arizona Coyotes have made over the summer. (Coyotes.nhl.com)

Pavel Datsyuk’s recovery from his ankle surgery seems to be going well. (MLive.com)

Auston Matthews, who might be taken with the top pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, said that the prospect of playing with older competition and for coach Marc Crawford are two of the big reasons he decided to sign with the ZSC Lions. (Arizona Republic)

Doan isn’t in a rush to retire

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Brace yourself if you’re opposing the Arizona Coyotes: it doesn’t sound like Shane Doan is pondering retirement just yet.

Yes, the hard-hitting captain of the Coyotes does turn 39 in October.

He’s also an “old” 39; Doan has a whopping 1,394 regular season games* and 55 postseason contests under his belt. That’s a lot for any player, especially one who emphasizes such a physical style of play.

While it’s probably worth noting that he’s saying these things during the low-impact month of August, it’s still interesting that Doan told Fox Sports Arizona that he might want to play even after his contract expires after the 2015-16 season.

“I always want to approach it that way until I know I’m done,” Doan said. “I’d like to have a good year. If I feel I can still help the team and they still want me, we can go from there.”

Doan seems fairly happy about Arizona’s off-season, too. He believes that they’re going “back to that old pack mentality” that suited them well a few years ago.

One would assume that signs of progress would make Doan want to play quite a bit longer for the Coyotes … assuming that the feeling is mutual.

* – In case you’re wondering, Doan currently is tied with Stan Mikita at 35th place all-time with 1,394 games played. If he managed to appear in all 82 contests in 2015-16, he’d end that campaign ranked 20th overall.

Poll: Will the Coyotes be the worst team in the NHL next season?

Anaheim Ducks v Arizona Coyotes

Arizona GM Don Maloney thinks his Coyotes are “going to be a better team” than the one that finished 29th overall last year.

In fact, he says they’re “entering the season to be a playoff team.”

“I look at our roster and say, ‘OK, we may not have the most pure talent as some of the teams in the West,” Maloney told NHL.com, “but with a great coach and a great game plan and a stable center ice and a better blue line and solid goaltending, we should be able to compete every night, whether it’s the Chicago Blackhawks or the Stanley Cup champions or the bottom of the Western Conference.”

Others look at Arizona’s roster and wonder how anyone can be so optimistic. Shane Doan is 38 now. Sam Gagner and Keith Yandle, their second- and third-leading scorers from last year, are gone. The goaltending remains a big question mark. Besides Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the blue line isn’t overly impressive. Sure, the Coyotes have some excellent prospects in Max Domi, Anthony Duclair and Dylan Strome, but their combined NHL experience is practically nil.

At online bookmaker Bovada, the Coyotes are the longest shot on the board to win the Stanley Cup, at 150/1. The Leafs, Sabres, and Hurricanes are next, each at 100/1.

OK, time to vote.

If you don’t think the Coyotes will be the worst team in the NHL, feel free to add your pick below.

Pens’ Letang expects to be ready for training camp

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Since being cleared for workouts earlier this month, Kris Letang says he’s been in his normal offseason routine.

Letang suffered his latest concussion on a hit from Shane Doan on March 28 and missed the final six games of the regular season and all five Penguins’ playoff games.

“I would say since I got fully cleared, I’ve done everything I wanted and I would say I’m at the same level in training that I was a year ago,” Letang told reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday. “I didn’t go on the ice yet, but I’ve been in the gym going all out and no restrictions and everything went well.

“Without a doubt, I think I’m going to be ready for training camp. No doubt about that.”

The blue liner is a finalist for the Masterton Trophy along with Devan Dubnyk and Andrew Hammond.

Letang set career highs in assists (43) and points (54) while averaging 25:29 a night in ice time in 69 games during the 2014-15 season.

Despite his health issues, he suffered a stroke in February 2014; Letang says he’s not concerned about returning to the game.

“If today I’m working out, it’s because I have no fear of that,” he said. “For sure it’s in the back of my head, but I want to keep going and be a part of the Penguins and play at the level I can play at because I have no fear.”

As for the next step in his offseason workout, Letang says he plans on hitting the ice next month.

“Usually I target around the end of July, beginning of August,” said Letang. “I don’t want to go on the ice too early, but honestly it’s not something I’m looking for… ice is kind of like the same thing as the gym, I think when I reach a certain level in the gym, I know if I’m ready or not.”

After ‘unacceptable’ year, Doan thinks ‘urgency is going to be high’ in Arizona

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Coyotes captain Shane Doan said several times last season he wasn’t pleased with how things transpired.

Turns out his offseason message has a similar tone.

“We can’t allow what happened last year to linger and be a part of this year because that was unacceptable in so many ways,” Doan said, per the Arizona Republic. “I think the urgency is going to be high.”

The 2014-15 campaign was a largely forgettable one for the Coyotes. The team won just 24 games — it’s lowest total in 11 years — and traded away two key veteran presences in Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle. Those deals, especially the Yandle one, upset Doan to the point where he basically sounded off whenever he felt like it.

After the Yandle trade, he said the rebuild in Arizona was “not my idea” and “not my ideal situation.”

Not long after that, he said the situation was “kind of embarrassing,” adding “we’ve been bad.”

The critiques eventually forced GM Don Maloney to respond.

“I get it, I understand it, but we’re not in the Girl Scout business,” Maloney said, per Arizona Sports. “We’re in the business of winning. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re getting paid.

“Shane’s a pro, he’ll get through it, he’ll understand it when he sees where this can take us.”

All of this angst, as you’d expect, has led to talks of Doan potentially being moved. He turns 39 in October, at which time he’ll be at the start of the last of his four-year, $21.15 million deal (that carries a $5.28M cap hit.) For now, though, both sides are saying all the right things — Maloney said “we certainly want him back,” while Doan said Arizona is the place for him.

“I definitely want to be competitive, and I want to be on a team that has a chance,” he explained. “Obviously, I want to do it here.”