PHT Morning Skate: Lightning sticking with Syracuse for AHL

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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 Syracuse Crunch will be home to the prospects for the Tampa Bay Lightning through the 2016-17 season. All they’ve been able to do there is make Syracuse a perennial playoff team and helped them make the Calder Cup Final back in 2013. (Lightning)

New Toronto Maple Leafs forward Daniel Winnik wants to help his new team avoid collapsing on itself for the third straight season. That would make for a real “hometown guy does good” story. (Toronto Star)

Craig Anderson is really happy to be back in Ottawa after signing his extension. (Ottawa Sun)

Brian Elliott is ready to give it a go at being the No. 1 guy in St. Louis. He and Jake Allen should have a fair amount of pressure on them this season. (Blues)

Dave Babych won’t be returning to the Vancouver Canucks in his hockey operations role. (The Province)

The WHL is trying out giving the ice a dry scrape before overtime to alleviate potentially bad ice. They’re still working some things out. (Buzzing The Net)

Give it up to the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals for becoming community owned. It’s like the Green Bay Packers except with less cheese. (Puck Daddy)

Montreal doesn’t have a captain yet, but Max Pacioretty is eager to help lead the way. (NHL.com)

Finally, were you wondering where Dustin Penner might wind up this season? Well…