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PHT Morning Skate: Where we respect John Tavares

Jan 22, 2012, 8:30 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.

The Islanders play-by-play man on MSG really likes John Tavares—and really dislikes a blogger. (Islanders Point Blank)

Steve Yzerman said from the beginning that he has a long-term plan for the Lightning. Just because their struggling this year, it doesn’t mean he’s going to lose sight of the plan. (Tampa Tribune)

Remember Mark Bell? Well, he’s back in the NHL—and he’s appreciating every minute of it this time. (LA Times)

Olli Jokinen wants to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames. But will they want to re-sign him at the end of the season? (QMI Agency)

Minnesota Wild fans enjoy it when their team scores three goals in 59 seconds. Who knew? (Hockey Wilderness)

Speaking of the Minnesota/Dallas game, Steve Ott probably won’t be happy to hear that the Wild thought he was their MVP on Saturday night. (Dallas Morning News)

There will be plenty of rumors and moves between now and the trade deadline. But maybe it would be in the Avs’ best interest to avoid the silly season altogether. (Denver Post)

Logan Couture is good at hockey. (CSN Bay Area)

The Hawks were dominated, Corey Crawford was pulled, and Jonathan Toews was forced to leave the game early in Nashville. All in all, it was an awful night for the Blackhawks in Nashville. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Despite the loss, this is a pretty sweet goal from Marian Hossa. But when you realize it’s Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne that he’s abusing in this highlight, it makes it all the more impressive. (NHL)

  1. bcisleman - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Schultz can say what he wants. Howie is exactly right. Anyone who leaves JT off the Top 25 players–much less the Top 25 Under 25–has their head so far up their butthole they can’t properly analyze hockey or anything else. No one who has seriously and objectively been watching JT and noting his stats could possibly leave him off this list.

    Most of all, however, this comment shows that Howie CARES (he REALLY does!).

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Ott is a bumb and I am glad he woke up my Wild last night!!!! He was our best player, we were dead in the water but he lit a fire under our asses.

    Very proud of my buddy Rau scoring in his first game yesterday.

    Go Wild. can we get back in the playoff race????

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      bum *** and or goon… not sure what a bumb is LOL. my bad.

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