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PHT Morning Skate: Ilya Kovalchuk is getting good at silencing critics

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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 days of ripping Ilya Kovalchuk for not being a superstar invested in his team are over. (NHL.com)

Jordan Nolan isn’t the only guy in the Nolan family having fun these days. His dad Ted is busy with Team Latvia at Worlds. (L.A. Times)

Bet you didn’t know this: Ray Whitney used to be a stick boy for the Edmonton Oilers. (Edmonton Journal)

Jaroslav Halak says the Blues “didn’t accomplish anything” in the playoffs. Ouch. (Post-Dispatch)

On the positive side, Tom Stillman was approved by the Board of Governors to purchase the Blues. (Post-Dispatch)

Predators GM David Poile would sure love to keep the band together next season. Good luck with that. (Tennessean)

Contract talks with Erik Karlsson are going to take plenty of time to get sorted out. (Ottawa Sun)

Dan Cleary’s knee surgery went well and he should be ready to go next season. (Detroit Free Press)

Former Lightning head coach Steve Ludzik is battling Parkinson’s. (Tampa Tribune)

Former Red Wings and Lightning forward Shawn Burr is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant in his battle with acute myeloid leukemia. (London Free Press)

New Blues ownership might mean a gig for Brett Hull

Brett Hull

Whenever you ask me to picture the St. Louis Blues, the first image that pops into my mind is Brett Hull unleashing ridiculous one-timers. He bounced around to quite a few other teams before retiring, but with the balance of power in the organization primed to shift to (previously minority) owner Tom Stillman on Wednesday, that bond might be highlighted once again.

Andy Strickland provides some insight into tweaks that might come to St. Louis, with “administrative changes” heading the list. Those changes could include a role for Hull but won’t mean that GM Doug Armstrong will need to find a new job.

Whenever you transition into new Ownership, changes are usually made. I expect to see significant administrative changes in the not too distant future.

Doug Armstrong will remain on board as the Blues’ [GM].

There’s also the strong likelihood of Hall of Famer Brett Hull returning to the organization. Although no official agreement has been made Hull is expected to assist Stillman on both the business and hockey side. This will be a full-time job for Hull who will once again be a visible member of the organization and the community.

Significant changes will be made on the business side as well.  Stillman has indicated he will take a heavy hands-on approach to running the organization in the early stages.

Strickland follows up the scuttlebutt regarding Hull with a Tweet that an exact role hasn’t been determined, but he’d likely assist Stillman on the “hockey and business side.” (Feel free to insert your favorite “Ambassador of Fun” joke here.)

PHT Morning Skate: The Wild make everyone mad

Minnesota Wild v Anaheim Ducks

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.

Jonas Hiller was steaming mad after the Ducks lost to the Wild last night. Is it so bad losing to the top team in the NHL? (OC Register)

Yes, it’s true. The Wild are the very best in the league now after their victory. Seriously. (Russo’s Rants)

If you haven’t read the New York Times’ piece on Derek Boogaard titled “A Boy Learns to Brawl” you really should. (New York Times)

Nashville’s defense is to blame for their recent skid? Everyone except Shea Weber and Ryan Suter of course. (Tennessean)

Make it three wins in a row for the Avalanche. See, they put wins together without threatening Joe Sacco’s job. (All Things Avs)

Both Henrik Karlsson and Miikka Kiprusoff were run over by Canucks forwards in the Flames’ 5-1 loss to Vancouver. Open season on goalies, indeed. (Flames)

Things are slowly plodding along with the sale of the St. Louis Blues to Matthew Hulsizer. (Post-Dispatch)

Jared Cowen is starting to get his game figured out in Ottawa. As for David Rundblad… (Ottawa Sun)

Valtteri Filppula could be in a bit of trouble after getting his leg cut by a skate against Colorado. (Detroit Free Press)

Finally, while the Wings lost to Colorado 4-2 to snap a seven-game win streak, it wasn’t without a little bit of magic from Pavel Datsyuk courtesy of his feed to Johan Franzen. (NHL)

Brett Hull wants to own a part of the Blues

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I cannot say that Brett Hull is definitively the best St. Louis Blues player ever. In fact, he might not even have been the best of his generation. Yet when I think of the ’90s-era Blues, his blistering one-timer is the first thing that pops into my head. Hull received the statue treatment recently to cement his impact on the past, but Jeremy Rutherford reports that he might make his own imprint on the future by becoming a partial owner.

Hull reportedly expressed interest to become part of Tim Stillman’s group, which hopes to buy the team from Dave Checketts. Stillman is currently a minority owner of the Blues.

Better yet, Hull wants to become involved with the team in a way that goes beyond “investor,” according to Rutherford. (Insert “Ambassador of Fun” joke here.)

Naturally, none of this is official; Rutherford received the usual round of “no comment” answers when he asked Hull & Co. It seemed like Matt Hulsizer was the frontrunner to become the majority owner of the Blues, but this development could throw an interesting bit of intrigue into the situation.

If it’s true, of course. Read more about it here.

Former Coyotes savior Matthew Hulsizer has verbal agreement to purchase the Blues

Matthew Hulsizer

When Matthew Hulsizer was in line to be the guy to help save the Phoenix Coyotes from imminent doom in the desert and purchase the team, it was a crushing disappointment for fans there when things couldn’t be pieced together as he gave up on trying to buy the moribund franchise.

Now, Hulsizer is set to be the guy that helps keep sanity alive in St. Louis as he’s got a verbal agreement to purchase the Blues from Dave Checketts.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the breaking news on Hulsizer’s new means of getting into the NHL ownership club.

Two of the sources said that Checketts has signed a letter of intent and believe the deal is with Hulsizer, although one source indicated that it’s a verbal agreement and is far from being completed. The deal is not considered binding and would not become official until the two sides enter a purchase agreement and it’s approved by the NHL.

It appears, however, that if the negotiations progress in the current direction, Hulsizer would become the Blues’ No. 1 investor and Checketts could remain in the management of the franchise.

Checketts was unavailable for comment Wednesday, according to a spokesman for his company, SCP Worldwide. Neither Hulsizer nor his business partner, Brad Goldberg, have returned messages left by the Post-Dispatch.

Checketts had always seemed reluctant to fully get out of the game but the financial concerns of ownership were becoming too much for him. The Blues have been sorting through bidders very carefully, but Hulsizer’s interest became apparent almost immediately after his deal with the Coyotes fell through.

If Hulsizer can get a deal worked out in St. Louis he’ll complete his quest to own a NHL team after spending months pursuing the Coyotes. His interest in the Blues is a good one for the franchise as he’s a midwest guy. Hopefully being from Chicago won’t be too big of a problem for Blues die-hards as their hate for the Blackhawks is large.

As we’ve seen with other ownership dealings in the past (most of them in Phoenix of late) a verbal agreement doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. Until documents are signed and resolved, nothing is over. For St. Louis, however, if they can get a deal done it’ll fulfill their hopes of having a sale at or near done before the season is fully underway. Better late than never I suppose.