PHT Morning Skate: Turns out Backes is a decent pitcher

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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.

David Backes isn’t a bad pitcher…

Fighting majors were down last season and, as Red Wings GM Ken Holland put it, “one-dimensional players are almost extinct.” (The Associated Press)

Adam Larsson excelled under former Devils coach Scott Stevens. Fortunately, New Jersey’s coaching change doesn’t appear to have negatively impacted him. (NJ.com)

Antti Raanta is very upset after a quote that emerged from a newspaper in Finland painted him in a negative light. The quote stated that, frustrated over a diminished role, Raanta hoped that his Chicago Blackhawks would get swept by Nashville. To be fair to Raanta, the interviewer said that quote by itself lacks the necessary context. (New York Post)

As part of a promotion, Wayne Gretzky organized a game of road hockey with some very surprised fans:

With the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp underway, here are some storylines to keep in mind. (CSN Philly)