PHT Morning Skate: Weber ready for camp; Marchand deserves to be in Hart Trophy mix

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• Good news if you’re a fan of the Habs, as Shea Weber (foot) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. (

Brad Marchand should be in the Hart Trophy conversation, but don’t expect him to be in the mix when it’s all said and done. (Bruins Daily)

• On Sunday night, Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine was cut open by a Roman Josi high stick. He suffered a pretty nasty gash on his face, but all he cared about was making sure his beard was intact. (Winnipeg Sun)

• Most of the Original Six teams have been pretty bad throughout this season. (Sports Illustrated)

• St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko is leaving his current job to become the head coach of the University of Minnesota. (College Hockey News)

• This news marketing producer was pretty excited about leaving a deposit for Seattle hockey season tickets. (

• Here’s an awesome article about how certain hockey players became Christians and how it helped them throughout their careers. (The Sin Bin)

• A lot has gone wrong for the Blue Jackets this season, but they’ve managed to overcome a lot of adversity. (The Cannon)

• Are the Golden Knights embarrassing the NHL as a whole? You shouldn’t be able to make a team from scratch and be competitive in year one, argues this Faxes from Uncle Dale writer.

Matt Cullen, who is the Wild’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy this year, takes great pride in the charity work he’s done throughout his career. (Pioneer Press)

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