PHT Morning Skate: Heritage Classic’s reportedly been a tough sell

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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 outdoor games in the United States have sold incredibly well this year, but it looks like there’s been some difficulty when it comes to selling tickets for the upcoming Heritage Classic at B.C. Place Stadium. (Vancouver Sun)

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Dainius Zubrus sustained a possible knee injury while blocking a shot during the Devils’ 3-2 overtime victory over Dallas. (Bergen Record)

Tomas Fleischmann was a healthy scratch on Thursday because coach Peter Horachek doesn’t think he has the “drive right now.” (Miami Herald)

Tim Erixon has been sent back to the minors by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 22-year-old forward was taken with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault credits his team’s balanced lines as the reason they’ve gone 13-5-1 since Dec. 22. (Newsday)

Is it time for the Vancouver Canucks to conclude that their current core isn’t going to lead them to a Stanley Cup championship and consequently shift the focus towards getting younger without enduring a full rebuild? (Toronto Star)