PHT Morning Skate: Gaborik all about the winning

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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.

What was Marian Gaborik signing his seven-year, $34.125 million deal with Los Angeles all about? No, not the money. OK so somewhat the money, but mostly all about the winning. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Turns out that deal was a really good one for the Kings as well. (Sportsnet)

It’s been mentioned before, but the St. Louis Blues are really going to go with Jake Allen and Brian Elliott in goal this season. So you can stop mentioning which free agent goalies would be a fit there. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Have you figured out who you think the No. 1 pick will be on Friday night yet? No? You’re not alone at all. (Edmonton Journal)

Shawn Thornton is drawing a lot of interest so far in free agency talks. Grit, toughness, and locker room presence is still in demand. (CSNNE.com)

Penguins prospect defenseman Derrick Pouliot played for new Pens coach Mike Johnston in Portland and is a big fan.