PHT Morning Skate: Pittsburgh columnist rips Rutherford, coaching search

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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.

New Penguins GM Jim Rutherford was heavily criticized by columnist Ron Cook over his handling of the team’s coaching search. Cook questioned whether Rutherford knows what he’s doing and later added “it’s as if the organization has become a joke.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The Detroit Red Wings are generally regarded as a team that has done a good job in drafts, but it doesn’t always work out for them. Here’s a list at five of their worst drafts over the past two decades. (Detroit Free Press)

Here’s a look at the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame candidates. The inductees will be announced at 3:00 p.m. ET today. (Toronto Star)

The Chicago Blackhawks will start their 2014 training camp in Notre Dame. (CSN Chicago)

Would it make any sense for the Flyers to target Jonas Hiller as a mentor for Steve Mason? Even if Hiller was open to the idea, would the risk of creating a goaltending controversy between the two make it not worth it for Philadelphia? (CSN Philly)

President and CEO John McDonough is honored that the Chicago Blackhawks have been picked to participate in the 2015 Winter Classic. (Chicago Tribune)