PHT Morning Skate: Thank you Bettman?

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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.

Yes, the lockout last year was terrible. Yes, it was a terrible black eye for the sport… But now the league is awash in money after the Rogers TV deal in Canada and one columnist says the players should thank commissioner Gary Bettman for making it all possible. (Winnipeg Free Press)

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Predators coach Barry Trotz is busy pulling strings to adjust his defense’s ice time, much to the chagrin of fans of Seth Jones. (The Tennessean)

It may only be happening in baby steps, but the Dallas Stars are making improvements needed to try and get back in the playoff race. (Dallas Morning News)

The salary cap is going to go up and that’s going to present problems for teams like the St. Louis Blues. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Johan Franzen has been pulling his weight amongst the myriad of injuries for the Red Wings. Why, it’s almost mule-like how he’s doing it! (Detroit Free Press)

Ray Emery’s line after Philly’s 7-2 loss to Chicago: “I want to play with sore losers.” Fantastic. Also ideal that he’s in Philly with that attitude. (CSNPhilly.com)

What’s Olli Jokinen’s secret to success? Massage therapy. (Winnipeg Sun)