PHT Morning Skate: (Video) Ducks reunite soldier, family live

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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 Anaheim Ducks arranged a great surprise for the wife of Sergeant First Class Robert Vandenberg Jr.:

While goaltender Semyon Varlamov is injured, it looks like the Avalanche plan to lean on Calvin Pickard instead of Varlamov’s understudy, Reto Berra. Berra inked a three-year contract with Colorado, but he’s struggled mightily this season. (Denver Post)

The Ottawa Senators probably won’t loan Curtis Lazar to Team Canada for the World Juniors. (Ottawa Sun)

Here are the highlights from Toronto’s 2-1 shootout win over Detroit:

Here’s a look at the life of bubble player and what it’s like to frequently bounce between the minors and NHL. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Andrew Hirsh argues that Paul MacLean wasn’t the person to blame for the Senators’ woes. (SB Nation)

San Jose has put Matt Nieto on the injured reserve list, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic is close to returning. (San Jose Mercury News)