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PHT Morning Skate: Ken Hitchcock is a teacher, not a screamer

Dec 29, 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.

Ken Hitchcock wants to be a teacher this time around, not a screamer. We’re sure the Blues are very thankful for that. (Post-Dispatch)

Eric Staal is more than ready to just move along with his season now. (Toronto Sun)

Sharks coach Todd McClellan says the Canucks got all the chances San Jose didn’t in Vancouver’s overtime win. (Working the Corners)

Mike Babcock says that Jimmy Howard is one poised dude in net compared to past seasons. (Detroit Free Press)

Speaking of poise, Toronto’s young defensemen could use a bit more of that. (TSN)

The Capitals were happy to get physical in their big win over the Rangers. (Capitals Insider)

Joel Quenneville wasn’t too happy with the officiating in their loss to the Kings. (CSNChicago.com)

Meanwhile, Brandon Pirri is hoping to stick around with the Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune)

Nathan Gerbe is staying upbeat during his injury recovery. (Buffalo News)

John Tortorella said his defense was “brain dead” during their loss to the Caps. Ouch. (Ranger Rants)

Ales Hemsky‘s future in Edmonton is very much clouded thanks to trade rumors. (Edmonton Journal)

  1. theolgoaler - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Coach Q — YOU DIDN’T SCORE!!! Ain’t gonna win a’tall, a’tall, that way… ;-)

    Props to Hitch — the “old” dog has learned new tricks! Go Blues!

  2. polegojim - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Hitch is a great coach. Continued Kudos to the Blues for the hire.

  3. drewsylvania - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    He might not be a screamer, might be a teacher, but he looks like a cadaver.

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