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PHT Morning Skate: Ryan Suter is more than Shea Weber’s wingman

Jan 1, 2012, 8:25 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.

As respect for Shea Weber has exploded around the league, there are those who may have forgotten that Ryan Suter could be just as good. (Tennessean)

Whether he’s ready or not, the magical 2011 has finally come to an end for Logan Couture. (CSN Bay Area)

Cam Charron talks about Petr Mrazek’s celebrations and reminding everyone that hockey games between young kids (the World Juniors) is supposed to be fun. (Backhand Shelf)

Talk about living the charmed life. Not only has Adam Henrique had a chance to break into the NHL, he’s getting the chance to do so between Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. This is taking the “putting him in position to succeed” idea to a whole new level. (Star-Ledger)

The good news is that Team USA looked a lot better in their narrow defeat to Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. The bad news is that the game didn’t mean a thing (for either team) after back-to-back losses by Team USA earlier this week. (Buzzing the Net)

Is it too soon to call the Avalanche losers in that Semyon Varlamov trade? What about the Erik Johnson trade? Adrian Dater says the jury is still out. (Denver Post)

Tim Thomas spoke out about going 11 days between starts after the Bruins 4-2 loss in Dallas. Actually, he refused to say anything—which told us all we needed to know. (Boston Herald)

Matthew Hulsizer had until midnight to complete his purchase of the St. Louis Blues. Since the deadline has come and gone, now what? (Post-Dispatch)

Panthers’ enforcer Krys Barch was ejected from Saturday night’s game after a linesman heard him drop a racial slur directed at PK Subban. Judging by the Panthers general partners comments, the game misconduct could be the least of Barch’s worries. (On Frozen Pond)

Finally, Steven Stamkos finishes the year in style. A hat trick for Stammer and the 500th assist for Martin St. Louis. He’s going to be pretty good when he grows up. (NHL)

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    The article on the World Juniors was great. Such pretension there is about that tournament. Everything’s so serious, everyone’s so dour and grim and religiously obsessive about political correctness. Grill the Canadiens about running up the score, because that would be mean to the other countries. Grill the underdog goalie for animated celebrations, because this is serious business and you have to go about it in a respectfully sombre and emotionless way. Fuck that. Like he said, if the Canadian forwards can jump into the boards every time they score, an underdog goalie can celebrate however the hell he wants after doing his best impression of a young Dominic Hasek. He earned it.

    Like the columnist said – they’re kids. Even the guys who lose get to have fun being there, playing great hockey against the best teams they can encounter at their age. There’s nothing like it outside the Olympics and the NHL. Relax, enjoy, have fun for God’s sake. The fans and reporters need to collectively unclench their sphincters and remember that sports are SUPPOSED TO BE FUN. I mean, really – if us fans celebrate Cup and medal wins like we do, why in the hell can’t the players celebrate their accomplishments? It’s not like us guys out in the stands are responsible for it. If the players who did the work and pulled out highlight-reel performances to earn the win want to celebrate, let ‘em do it however the hell they want. Unlike the reporters and the booers in the crowd, they actually did something other than sit on their ass all night.

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