PHT Morning Skate: Pavelec deflects praise

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.

Ondrej Pavelec has been outstanding this season. Just don’t tell him, he’s not comfortable with compliments. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Todd Leiweke — the former CEO of the Seattle Seahawks — says hockey could thrive in the Emerald City. “The NHL could absolutely work in Seattle. Anyone who counts anything out in sports in Seattle, shame on them.” (

Dallas forward Steve Ott, who has been at the center of several trade rumors, on the prospect of being shipped out: “If we win, we can be right up there. If we go the other way, it puts us as sellers in an awful hurry. There’s a lot of pressure, and I wouldn’t want to be in Joe’s [Nieuwendyk] situation.” (Dallas Morning News)

Little late to the dance on this one, but Tampa Bay picked up Tim Wallace off waives from the Islanders on Thursday — the fourth consecutive game day Lightning GM Steve Yzerman made a roster move. (

Daniel Briere has faith in Ilya Bryzgalov. Hey, at least someone in Philadelphia does. (

Good piece here from Josh Yohe about the art of shot blocking. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Oilers managed to beat the Flyers last night, despite being distracted by that Jagr guy. (Edmonton Sun)

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