PHT Morning Skate: Chara’s new diet; 12 GMs under pressure

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• Here’s an interview with Randy Walker, who was Rob Lowe’s hockey double in the movie Youngblood. (Puck Junk)

Zdeno Chara credits his new plant-based diet for helping him play with more energy at 40 years old. (Boston Globe)

• The trade that sent him to Dallas from Montreal has really helped Greg Pateryn. (Dallas Morning News)

• Team Canada’s men’s hockey team might not have any big names, but they’re ready to show that they belong at the Olympics. (National Post)

• The World’s Longest Game, which kicks off today, is scrambling to look for more referees. (Global News)

• It sounds like the Colorado Avalanche might have a goalie problem. (Mile High Sticking)

• Here’s the story of how Upper Deck used two hockey fans in Montreal to help create a hockey card set. (Sports Card Forum)

• Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is using Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles’ words as motivation. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Former GM Craig Button unveiled his list of the top 50 NHL affiliated prospects this week. (

• Sean McIndoe identifies 12 general managers that are under the most pressure heading into the trade deadline. (Sportsnet)

• Bob Murray’s done a pretty good job of finding talent in the entry draft. (Anaheim Calling)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.