PHT Morning Skate: Where the Kings want what the Lakers have

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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 Kings share a space with the NBA’s L.A. Lakers and they’re rather jealous of those championship banners and would like to add one of their own. (OC Register)

The Devils haven’t had to travel by plane for a playoff game since knocking out Florida. Advantage: Kings? (The Star-Ledger)

Tim Thomas’ teammates in Boston reacted rather reasonably to the news he’s taking a year off for his family, friends, and faith. (CSNNE.com)

Could the Senators be shopping Sergei Gonchar around this summer? (Ottawa Citizen)

The New York Times has a damning look at the ease in which Derek Boogaard had access to pain killers both before and after he entered the league’s substance abuse program. (New York Times)

Oilers assistant coach Ralph Krueger could sneak in as a candidate for the head coaching job. He’s apparently a very intense worker. (Edmonton Sun)

Nail Yakupov visited Edmonton recently and has his sights set on being the No. 1 pick in the draft. (Oilers)