PHT Morning News: Where Bernier might actually return to the Devils

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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.

Tom Gulitti provides a roundup of the New Jersey Devils lower-profile unrestricted free agents, including a bit where Steve Bernier’s agent seems shockingly optimistic about a return. If the Buffalo Bills hire Scott Norwood as a special teams coach this week, go ahead and board your windows. (Fire & Ice)

The New York Islanders hired Brent Thompson as an assistant coach. (NHL.com)

Cam Charron dissects the Vancouver Canucks’ draft strategy of selecting older, (hopefully?) more NHL-ready players. (Vancouver Province)

Buffalo Sabres play-by-play guy Rick Jeanneret will call all 82 games next season, according to Bill Hoppe. (Niagara Gazette)

A deeper look at St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong’s off-season outlook. (BND.com)

Mathieu Darche is bummed that the Montreal Canadiens apparently don’t want him back next season. I just hope he stays in the NHL so I can think of the “Stan Daaaarsh” episode of South Park whenever I hear his name. (Mathieu Darche’s Twitter page)

A buyer beware on Rick Nash. (NHL Numbers)

Some early updates on “The Justin Schultz sweepstakes”: the Columbus Blue Jackets (no surprise) and Detroit Red Wings (pretty big surprise) are among the first who are out. Maybe he’s not a fan of the Central Division?