PHT Morning Skate: The best NHL-themed Valentine’s Day cards


–Many people in the hockey world would like to see the NHL hand out three points for a regulation victory (like in soccer), while others feel it will remove the closeness of playoff races. ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman made a great case for three-point wins, saying that it could also help teams that are chasing a playoff spot make up ground quicker. It’s an interesting point. (Chicago Sun-Times)

–The Canadiens’ interest in Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has been reported about quite a bit over the last few weeks. He would be a great fit in Montreal, but even if they can’t get him, they are in desperate need of secondary scoring behind Max Pacioretty and Alex Radulov. (The Hockey News)

–Todd McLellan mixed up the Oilers’ lines during Sunday’s practice and the changes look promising for everyone except Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who still hasn’t been able to get back on track. The 23-year-old has come up in plenty of trade rumors and you have to wonder if he’ll be an Oiler after the deadline. (Edmonton Journal)

–Rookie Jimmy Vesey scored the game-winning goal in the Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Rangers have now rattled off six consecutive victories. You can watch the highlights from the game by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–Eric Lindros is in the process of of auctioning off his hockey memorabilia like game-worn jerseys, game-used sticks, skates, gloves, helmets and much more. “You get great memories digging through the things you’ve kept over the years. But sometimes it just feels like the right moment to move on from some of those things. I obviously kept some items for my kids, but I thought people would really enjoy some of these things.” (ESPN)

–The Beanpot title is awarded to one of the four Boston-area college hockey teams every February. For the first time since 1993, Harvard came away with the title. Georgia native Nathan Krusko scored two goals in the 6-4 win over Boston University. (Associated Press)

–As you probably remembered (if you didn’t, you’re welcome), today is Valentine’s day. Teams from around the league got creative with their NHL-themed Valentine’s day cards. Here are some of the funnier ones: