PHT Morning Skate: Where the Wild “flat-out stink”

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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.

Mike Yeo isn’t taking it easy on the slumping Minnesota Wild: “We flat-out stink the last two months. We stink.” (Russo’s Rants)

Dave Tippett calls the stretch run a “great time of year.” One would assume he’s not saying that just because the Phoenix Coyotes are back in the West’s top eight right now. (AZ Central)

If Michael Cammalleri doesn’t start scoring more goals soon, he might become a full-fledged insomniac. (Calgary Herald)

Gary Bettman said that he believes the Columbus Blue Jackets can turns things around. (CSNBaltimore.com)

The Oilers are baffled that they’re just “junk” away from Edmonton. (Edmonton Journal)

New Jersey Devils defenseman Kurtis Foster is unsure if he’ll hear from the NHL about his hit on St. Louis Blues winger Chris Porter. (Fire & Ice)

George Richards reports that Ed “Jovocop” Jovanovski is about two weeks from returning to the Florida Panthers lineup. (On Frozen Pond)

Garth Snow claims that he has “no intention” of trading Evgeni Nabokov. No word on whether or not he winked and nudged Pierre LeBrun after he said that. (ESPN)

Eric Stephens on the Anaheim Ducks’ do-or-die road trip. (OC Register)

The San Jose Sharks might be interested in Phoenix Coyotes graybeard Ray Whitney, although it’s anyone’s guess if the ‘Yotes would have any interest in being sellers now that they’re back in the mix. (CSNBayArea.com)

Now that the NHL’s back in Winnipeg, the city wants more. To be more precise, they want to host a Heritage Classic. (The New York Times)

Tim Panaccio breaks down the “varying views” on the Scott Hartnell-Dion Phaneuf fight. (CSNPhilly.com)