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PHT Morning Skate: Anaheim is ruining Selanne’s final season

Nov 30, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

If Teemu Selanne wasn’t going to retire after this year, the Ducks losing ways might be pushing him to do it anyhow. Quit ruining his season, Anaheim! This is more nightmare than story book. (OC Register)

Cory Schneider is an unstoppable force. Hope Roberto Luongo is getting cozy on the bench after Vancouver’s 4-1 win over Columbus. (NBC Sports)

Dustin Penner is healthy… But is he even going to get back in the Kings lineup? (Kings)

Predators color analyst Terry Crisp went back to Calgary last night as a conquering hero. (Tennessean)

What’s the deal with injured Penguins Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek both leaving New York City early? (Chipped Ice)

Claude Julien is becoming a very underrated troll for his rivals. Calling Max Pacioretty‘s hit on Kris Letang similar to Matt Cooke‘s cheap shot on Marc Savard is a double-burn for both the Habs and Penguins. (

Caps have more coaching changes going on. Assistant coach Bob Woods is out as they bring in Jim Johnson to join Dale Hunter. (

Meanwhile, Caps prospect Mattias Sjogren is persona non grata after ditching out on their farm team in Hershey. (

Dmitry Kulikov could be out for a while after getting his leg cut by Eric Staal‘s skate. (On Frozen Blog)

Finally, check out Florida’s Jack Skille giving us one of the worst penalty shot attempts we’ve seen in a long time. (NHL)

  1. govtminion - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    You know, it just occurred to me- Selanne has been pretty much the only Duck pulling his weight… how bad would this team be if he’d retired the way he teased at this PAST summer instead of the coming one?

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:59 AM

      Failing for Nail? Who knows, at this rate they still might.

  2. pastabelly - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Claude Julien seems to be mainly trolling the Canadiens and not Pittsburgh. It’s not as if anyone in Pittsburgh has ever denied that Cooke blindsided Savard with an elbow and that he was a dirty player (seems to have cleaned up his act this year). If rule 48 was in place and Shanahan was doling out the punishment, Cooke would have been suspended for the Savard hit. Maybe Pacioretty believed the league “owed him one” because Chara checked him into the stanchion. But there was no free pass for a blindsided headshot. Good for Shanahan.

    • govtminion - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      Is it weird that until reading the above comment that it just hadn’t occurred to me that we’re two months into the season and Matt Cooke hasn’t done anything balls-stupid yet? I hate to call two months a reformed player, but… well, has he gone two months without stupidity-in-motion before?

      This Shanahan guy, maybe he’s on to something here. Scare the hell out of the morons, and they’ll clean up their act.

      • pastabelly - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

        That’s little consolation to Marc Savard now. But it is good to see from Cooke. He was doing his own team no favors with the goon tactics because it motivated other teams to go after Crosby and made Lemieux look like a hypocrite. As much as people dump on Shanahan, concussions and head shots are down 50% this year. Hopefully, Pacioretty gets this message from Shanahan.

  3. danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    Selanne deserves another notch on the belt, it’s absolutely a given. And even if he didn’t win it one more time, for God’s sake he deserves to at least make the fucking playoffs as a legitimate contender with a team that isn’t losing every time they hit the ice. They’re making a mockery of a star player’s last year. They owe him more than this. He deserves a better send-off, and even the new Jets seem more capable of doing it – along with almost every other team in the League.

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