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 Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly close to inking 20-year-old defenseman Maxim Lamarche. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Steve Yzerman is worried about the quality of Canadian goaltenders. He thinks Canada needs to take some lessons from European countries. When asked about the CHL reportedly considering a ban on European goaltenders, Yzerman avoided directly supporting or opposing the idea. (Toronto Star)
The Tampa Bay Lightning anticipate that the NHL realignment will make it harder for them to make the playoffs. Turner Batten argued it will also mean that “any success the Lightning endures from now on will not be swept under the rug with regards to the national spotlight.” (Lightning.nhl.com)
With Robyn Regehr inked, the Los Angeles Kings might opt to let defenseman Rob Scuderi walk as an unrestricted free agent. (LA Kings Insider)
Reebok-CCM has inked equipment deals with top 2013 Draft prospects Seth Jones, Nate MacKinnon, and Jonathan Drouin. (Ottawa Citizen)
As far as Kings coach Darryl Sutter is concerned, every team prepared well in advance for the possibility of facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. (LA Kings Insider)