PHT Morning Skate: Blues interested in Howard; Karlsson’s return to Ottawa

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Faculty members at Oakland University are being trained to use hockey pucks during potential school shootings. (Associated Press)

• The Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames made a minor trade on Tuesday night. (NHL.com/MapleLeafs)

• TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that the St. Louis Blues are interested in acquiring Jimmy Howard from the Detroit Red Wings. (Wings Nation)

• How are NHL teams using their AHL affiliates? Some employ veterans, some employ youngsters and some have players that are in between. (Faceoffcircle.ca)

• Seattle mayor Jenny Durkin says Seattle Center arena will be ready for the 2020 NHL season. (King5.com)

• Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting ready for an emotional return to Ottawa this weekend. (NHL.com)

• The Hockey News breaks down the best and worst moves Ron Hextall made while he was GM of the Philadelphia Flyers. (The Hockey News)

• Putting Mathew Barzal on the second power play unit has hurt the Islanders more than they realize. (Light House Hockey)

• Golden Knights writer Steve Carp wrote about Hockey Fights Cancer and the battle he went through several years ago. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Is Julius Honka on his way out of the Dallas Stars organization? (Defending Big D)

• In his “31 Thoughts” blog, Elliotte Friedman wrote about Eugene Melnyk’s attempt to save a potential deal that would see the Senators get their downtown arena. (Sportsnet)

• TSN Travis Yost explains why fighting has gone down so dramatically across the NHL this season. (TSN.ca)

• Former NHLer Daniel Carcillo is trying to bring the hazing problem in hockey to light. “I moved away from home at 17 to chase my dream of making it to the NHL and making something of myself. And what myself and 11 of us had to endure that year was daily abuse.” (CBC)

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