PHT Morning Skate: Gretzky is ‘really excited’ about new All-Star Game format

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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.

Wayne Gretzky is “really excited” about the new 3-on-3 All-Star Game format. “I just think it’s a real positive and I think the players will truly look forward to it.” (Sports Illustrated)

Brian Boyle talks about being eliminated in the Stanley Cup Final two years in a row. (NY Post)

Yahoo’s Josh Cooper interviewed Sharks GM Doug Wilson about the team’s rash of injuries, the possible trading of Patrick Marleau and more. (Puck Daddy)

Nicklas Backstrom picked up an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s milestone goal on Thursday. Backstrom also set up Sergei Fedorov when he broke the same record seven years ago.

Tyler Seguin plays goalie and takes shots from Kari Lehtonen during practice:

TSN’s Frank Seravalli had a Q & A with Kings forward Milan Lucic. (TSN)