PHT Morning Skate: Steckel thrilled Leafs traded him to ‘superior’ Ducks


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.

Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom has had difficulty getting comfortable in the opening minutes of his recent starts, but he broke that trend on Tuesday. (Sun Sentinel)

Former 34-goal scorer Michael Grabner (shoulder) might return to the New York Islanders’ lineup as early as Thursday. (New York Newsday)

David Steckel sees his trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs to Anaheim Ducks as a good birthday present. “You know you’re going to a superior team right now and it’s going to be fun,” he said. (

San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe admitted that he has watched video of himself from his more successful years and he wonders if there’s something he was doing then that he’s not doing anymore. He has no goals and nine assists in 25 games this season. (San Jose Mercury News)

Jaromir Jagr has historically been very effective against the Dallas Stars’ upcoming opponent, the Colorado Avalanche. (Dallas Morning News)

Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger likes the progress his team has made. 30-year-old blueliner Nick Schultz feels his teammates are starting to buy into the system. (Edmonton Journal)

For the Calgary Flames, losing is becoming all too familiar. (Calgary Sun)

Could we be in for an uneventful trade deadline? (Ottawa Citizen)