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PHT Morning Skate: Patrick Kane returns to normal

Dec 2, 2011, 7:42 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.

Patrick Kane is returning to normal. By normal we mean he’s going back to playing on the wing rather than at center. (

Joakim Lindstrom decided to go back to Sweden rather than play in Cleveland with the Avs farm team. Can you blame him? (All Things Avs)

Did John Carlson give a head shot to Matt Cooke at the end of last night’s Caps-Pens game? (The Pensblog)

Good news Sens fans, Matt Carkner is off to Binghamton for conditioning. (Senators Extra)

Tyler Ennis is ready to come back for Buffalo. (Buffalo News)

Pittsburgh’s 2009 first-round pick Simon Despres had a nice debut for the Penguins. (NHL)

Mason Raymond wasn’t able to return to action last night thanks to a paperwork snafu. It’ll get ya every time. (Globe And Mail)

Tim Thomas has a team record in sight, albeit very far away. (

Finally, watch as Ryan Kesler takes this planking thing a bit too far. (NHL)

  1. pastabelly - Dec 2, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    I hate seeing anyone take a headshot like Cooke did. But if I had to pick anyone to be the receiving end of one, it would certainly be Cooke. For what he’s done in the past, he really shouldn’t even be allowed the privilege of playing in the NHL. It’s great that he cleaned up his game this year. But the damage he’s already inflicted is ridiculous.

    • bcisleman - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      I don’t want anyone to get injured–even Cooke or Avery–but I wonder how much Cooke has really changed. On 11/22/11, he kneed former teammate Mark Eaton and Mark is out 6 weeks as a result. There was no call or discipline and, having watched the incident, I am not sure why.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        I won’t lie, I don’t mind seeing certain players get injured, I’m not going to pretend that I am some goodie – goodie… Cooke diserves to have his face peeled off and I wouldn’t mind seeing the Islanders Gillies get carted off too.

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