PHT Morning Skate: Scott Hartnell has a children’s book

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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.

File this away under “Things You’d Never Expect”: Flyers forward Scott Hartnell wrote a children’s book and it has a lot to do with him falling down. (Courier Post, Hartnell Down)

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Are they still splitting starts between Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider in New Jersey? Not exactly. (Fire & Ice)

Maple Leafs rookie Jerry D’Amigo is thriving against top competition. Did you know he was matched up against Jonathan Toews’ line on Saturday? Go get ’em kid! (Globe And Mail)

What’s the key to David Booth’s game? Skating, apparently. (The Province)

Remember when the Capitals didn’t want to play Dmitry Orlov and he demanded a trade? Now he’s thriving. Who knew that playing games would be a good thing? (CSNWashington.com)

The AHL had their outdoor game on Friday night in Rochester and it was a thriller as the Rochester Americans beat the Lake Erie Monsters in a shootout in a wintry, snowy affair. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Things are getting better for Phoenix’s Mike Smith:

Is Jason LaBarbera getting to Chicago soon?