PHT Morning Skate: The dumbest NHL controversies of 2016

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–The NHL is filled with controversy, but not all of it is warranted. From Gerard Gallant’s cab ride to the airport to the John Scott All-Star game saga, here are Sean McIndoe’s five dumbest NHL controversies of 2016. (The Hockey News)

–Mike Wilson owns the biggest collections of Toronto Maple Leafs artifacts. He has over 2000 pieces and they can all be found in his basement. From game-worn jerseys to player contracts, he’s got it all. Earlier this month, Wilson welcomed the Conacher family into his home to check out the memorabilia he’s accumulated. To this day, Charlie, Lionel and Roy Conacher are the only three brothers in the Hockey Hall of Fame. (New York Times)

–Joe Everson, who sang the national anthem and painted a picture prior to an ECHL game, was back at it in Florida on Wednesday night. This time, he painted a portrait on an NHL legend. Check out his Jaromir Jagr canvas. It’s a must-see. (Yahoo)

–Lightning head coach Jon Cooper sat down for a Q & A with Sports Illustrated. They tackled a number of interesting topics, including Cooper’s background as a lawyer. ” Public defending was survival. When I left law school, when I found out I passed the bar, I needed to make money. I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I didn’t have a job to go to. But I’d partnered with a woman who was a lawyer, and she was giving me old clients she had. It’s just life lessons out of the gate,” said Cooper. (Sports Illustrated)

Blues forward Robby Fabbri scored his first-career hat trick in St. Louis’ 6-3 comeback win over the Philadelphia Flyers. You can watch the full highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page. (Top)

–Avalanche first-rounder Tyson Jost is starring for Canada at this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, but he didn’t take a conventional path to the tournament. Instead of playing in the WHL, Jost decided he would be better served by going to the University of North Dakota.  “I think the idea of playing in a league like the BCHL and then the NCAA is something that more kids should think about. The WHL is good for a lot players, no doubt, but [major junior] isn’t right for everybody,” said Jost. (Sportsnet)

–The Ottawa Senators will be retiring Daniel Alfredsson’s number 11 prior to tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. But had it not been for John Ferguson Sr., the Sens may have never ended up getting their hands on Alfredsson. “(Ferguson Sr.) was talking about Alfredsson long before people had any idea how good Alfredsson was and even internally. People had no idea how good the guy was going to be when he got over here,” John Ferguson Jr. told the Ottawa Citizen.