PHT Morning Skate: Zach Parise puts on late father’s helmet and gloves during warmup

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–The Minnesota Wild wore vintage North Stars jerseys during last night’s pre-game warmup. That gave Zach Parise an excuse to wear his late father’s old North Stars helmet and hockey gloves. “I was happy my mom was able to dig it out of one of his old bags. For me it was special.” (The Score)

–We know the NHL has decided that it will skip the 2018 Winter Olympics, and we know that one of the reasons the owners don’t want to go is because they don’t want to shut the league down for three weeks. Well, as Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune points out, there’s a simple way around that. Move Olympic hockey to the summer games. (Chicago Tribune)

–Sean McIndoe runs down the top 10 possible first-round matchups in the upcoming playoffs. A rematch between Carey Price vs. Chris Kreider will be pretty awesome. In case you forgot, here’s what Kreider did to Price a few years ago, and here’s how Price returned the favor. (Sportsnet)

–The Boston Bruins locked down a playoff spot for the first time in three years by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Tuesday night. You can watch the highlights by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–The Hockey News looks at four playoff teams that we didn’t expect to make the post-season. It’s no surprise that there are multiple Canadian teams on this list. (The Hockey News)

–Upper Deck keeps finding ways to create unique collectibles. Earlier this week, they were at it again, as they launched the “Grandeur Hockey Coin Collection,” which is “a series of limited-edition coins minted in silver and gold. The coins are available for purchase starting on April 5 and sell for $100 to $500.” (Puck Junk)

Alex Ovechkin is one of a handful of players that said he’s going to the Olympics whether the NHL plans on going or not, but it might not be as easy as he thinks. The league will come out with strict rules about players leaving their NHL teams to participate in the Olympics. The current CBA has rules against players just bolting from their teams. TSN’s Frank Seravalli writes:

“According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, any player under NHL contract leaving his club to play for another without being loaned is grounds for a material breach of contract.

“A club could then seek to terminate that player’s contract, and even potentially sue that player for millions in damages that occurred as a result of the breach, including an impact on the team’s poor performance or lost revenue due to reduced attendance.” (TSN)