PHT Morning Skate: St. John’s hope to replace Jets’ AHL team if they leave

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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.

The St. John’s IceCaps issued a statement in response to the recent reports that the Jets are considering relocating their AHL team to Thunder Bay, Ontario. The IceCaps said that they always knew this was a possibility, so they’ve been actively looking for a replacement NHL partner in the event that the Jets leave. (St. John’s IceCaps)

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Pierre LeBrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in acquiring Matt Moulson, but they certainly won’t be the only ones. (TSN)

Now that Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton has some NHL experience under his belt, he’s starting to play with confidence. (The Tennessean)

Logan Couture (hand surgery) isn’t ready to start handling the puck, but he’s upbeat and hopes to practice in a week or two. (CSN Bay Area)

Calgary Flames president Brian Burke wasn’t looking to trade Matt Stajan back when he was the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Calgary insisted on him being part of the Dion Phaneuf deal if it were to go forward. Now that Burke has switched from Toronto to Calgary, he feels Stajan is “far better” than he was before the trade. That was his motivation for signing Stajan to a four-year extension. (Flames.nhl.com)

The Ottawa Senators caused a bit of a stir with a celebratory tweet following their 2-0 victory over Washington last night. (CSN Washington)

Here are the highlights from Dallas’ 4-0 win over Minnesota: