PHT Morning Skate: Where Mike Richter’s impressed with Team USA candidates

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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.

Marian Hossa is happy to be medically cleared following his concussion during the 2012 playoffs. He’s hoping the lockout will end soon, but he’s willing to explore his “other options” if the season is lost. (CSN Chicago)

Pierre LeBrun thinks both sides deserve to share in the blame for the fact that the NHL still doesn’t have a new CBA. (ESPN)

Former New York Rangers netminder Mike Richter has been impressed by what he’s seen so far at the Team USA selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championship. (NHL.com)

Dallas Stars prospect Alex Guptill was recently scratched for a couple games by the University of Michigan for bad practice habits and attitude issues. He was the 2011-12 CCHA Rookie of the Year. (AnnArbor.com)

Syracuse Crunch GM Julien BriseBois thinks goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius have been better than their numbers suggest. The Crunch are the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate. (Lightning.nhl.com)

Which team has the better prospects in the AHL: The Edmonton Oilers or Minnesota Wild? (Edmonton Journal)