PHT Morning Skate: James Neal’s excellent bar story

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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.

Now that we’ve hooked you in with the headline, Rob Rossi shares some final thoughts on James Neal’s time spent in Pittsburgh and closes it out with a story Penguins fans may wind up really enjoying. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Flyers GM Ron Hextall came out of the NHL Draft thinking the team did really well. Well I’d hope he would think they did well, otherwise the start of his tenure would be a bit dicey. (CSNPhilly.com)

This shouldn’t come as a big shock: The Red Wings have serious interest in Christian Ehrhoff. Them and about 25 other teams as well. (Mlive,com)

Ever wonder how the NHL and NHLPA settled on a $69 million salary cap? No, it didn’t have anything to do with it being hilarious. (The Globe And Mail)

Fans in Vancouver rallied outside of Gino Odjick’s hospital and the Canucks legend came outside to greet them. (Vancouver Metro)

Aaron Ekblad was pretty easy for the Florida Panthers to pick first overall. Him being as mature as he is at 18 years old was a big reason why. (Canadian Press)

He’s mature and he’s also motivated and confident as all get out: