PHT Morning Skate: Kings give Bettman grief for his ‘tough shoes’

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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.

It sounds like Sam Bennett is making some nice progress toward a return for the Calgary Flames. (Calgary Sun)

Former Colorado Avalanche GM Francois Giguere is focusing on helping players handle their finances. (Denver Post)

Five coaching blunders that may or may not compare to Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s disastrous play call. (The Hockey News)

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It might be best for the Columbus Blue Jackets to “focus on the future” rather than this season. (Columbus Dispatch)
As festive as it must have been when the Los Angeles Kings visited the White House, the most memorable thing to come from the photo op was probably Marian Gaborik giving Gary Bettman a hard time for his foot wear on Instagram.

Here’s the photo:

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Gaborik’s caption reads: “Tough shoes Mr. Bettman at the White House @nhl @nhlpa.”

Drew Doughty brings it back to labor unrest: