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PHT Morning Skate: Good thing Heatley isn’t in Ottawa

Jan 27, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

Dany Heatley AP

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.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s $4 million grievance against Dany Heatley is reportedly “inching closer” to being heard. It dates back to when Heatley refused a trade to Edmonton and thus collected an option for that aforementioned amount before getting sent to San Jose. So yeah … it’s probably best that Heatley is nowhere close to Ottawa this weekend, then. (Ottawa Sun)

TSN projects the roster for the 2014 Canadian Olympic team (if all is right in the world and the NHL decides to go, that is). Two inclusions that might surprise you are Jamie Benn and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. (TSN)

Check out this fascinating bit showcasing Brian Burke on the art of trading and how inexact that art can be when you have a blooper like “A second-round pick in Vancouver for Vadim Sharifijanov,” on your resume. (The National Post)

Wait, did Scott Hartnell just say that he “played swords” with Joffrey Lupul in the restroom? (Puck Daddy)

Following a familiarity-laced Fantasy Draft, we’ll take all the little bits of intrigue we can get, but this one has more legs. Will this be the only time Shea Weber and Ryan Suter wear different uniforms in 2012? (On the Forecheck)

Raw Charge asks: what would you change about Guy Boucher? One answer is not allowed: “His scar.” Seriously, I won’t allow you to choose that. (Raw Charge)

The Ottawa Citizen has video of the first day of the NHL’s Fan Fair. (Ottawa Citizen)

Brian Elliott‘s All-Star journey isn’t the only amazing one. In fact, some might find Dennis Wideman‘s even more unlikely. (The Washington Times)

More whimsy and perspective on Logan Couture going last overall in the 2012 Fantasy Draft. (Working the Corners)

The Blackhawks best enjoy their break because a nine-game road trip is right around the corner. (CSN Chicago)

Want an alternate reality, fantasy hockey-themed take on the fantasy draft? One featuring picks by your humble author? Well, too bad, click it anyway … (Rotoworld Daily Dose)

  1. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Hartnell had to cut in line because he pees sitting down like everyone else in filthadelphia

    • andyp03 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      stay classy dude

  2. Rob - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Player in ‘doesn’t want to go to Edmonton’ shocker….

    Regardless of Heatley’s declining numbers; is it any wonder he changed his mind about going to a team that was bottom of the NHL? As for the pay out; why offer him a contract with that bonus in? Surely there is always a risk of things going sour?

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