PHT Morning Skate: Blues reportedly hoped to get both Spezza, Stastny

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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. Louis Blues reportedly had aspirations of adding Jason Spezza in addition to Paul Stastny. (ESPN.com)

Columnist Ron Cook feels Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is doing the best he can with the “salary-cap hell created by (former GM Ray) Shero.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Jonas Hiller said it was tough not to doubt himself in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign because he felt Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau had lost faith in him. Hiller’s looking forward to getting a fresh start with Calgary. (Calgary Sun)

Unrestricted free agents collectively earned roughly half a billion dollars in commitments from teams on July 1, but the Carolina Hurricanes largely stayed out of the spending spree. (News & Observer)

Defenseman Josh Jacobs, who was taken by the New Jersey Devils with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 draft, plans on going to Michigan State rather than joining the OHL Sarnia Sting. (Detroit Free Press)

Although Evgeni Nabokov doesn’t feel his age, he is willing to play the role of the mentor to the younger goaltenders in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s system and he realizes he’s entering the campaign as Ben Bishop’s backup. (Tampa Bay Times)