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PHT Morning Skate: Where Ryan Suter is sort of a big deal

Jul 4, 2012, 8:00 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.

Meanwhile, Suter remains Detroit’s top hope for the future. (Detroit Free Press)

Shea Weber‘s future in Nashville might be hinging upon what Suter does in free agency. (Tennessean)

Bourne tells us about what Jacob Trouba has to go through being both a college recruit and a wanted first-round pick for the CHL. (Backhand Shelf)

There was a time when Derek Roy thought writers could be traded. Oh Derek, you so silly. (Buffalo News)

The Panthers are hoping Nick Bjugstad is part of their plans sooner rather than later. (On Frozen Pond)

The Sabres are hoping to fix up their roster via trade. (Buffalo News)

The Northeast Division has a bit of that old-school feel to it now. (

Signing: Minnesota locks up Jake Dowell. That’s funny, he went to Wisconsin like Ryan Suter did. (Wild)



  1. polegojim - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    The team(s) that get Suter and Parise will be much better and very fortunate. No Doubt.

    If I have to chose, I’d prefer Sute for D.

    I’d love to have either in a Red Wing sweater, but the reality is that Detriot is a ‘system’ franchise. It’s worked very well for them for over 2 decades. Their system gets ‘the best out of the most’, even typically lesser-achievers.

    Superstars don’t automatically equal Stanley Cups – see Caps, Sharks, Preds. Solid team play wins Cups – see Kings.

    That said, Suter and Parise aren’t head case, primadonna’s – they’re excellent team players. They’d fit in wonderfully. Not just great talents, but respectable gamers.

  2. polegojim - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    PS – Joe – humorous title! I hope you can enjoy some time off early in the day!

  3. wenzel0232 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Don’t you mean Primeaudonnas?

  4. capesouth - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    The Northeast division will be a lot of fun this year. I don’t think any of the teams chasing Boston in that division improved that much as far as skill but they are definitely making a statement about being tougher and not getting pushed around physically…which is pretty important for a team. It galvanizes players and, in hockey, that can be big. Look at what Van did in the cup finals. whether it is the finger biting, finger pointing, late hits, etc..the Bruins reacted in a pretty emotional and physical way. Being able to react like that can be a positive..Makes for great hockey and rivalries. The Buffalo and Montreal games will be a lot more interesting. You know Ruff is going to put Scott out there against the Bs in their first meeting..he may not play much but he’ll be on the bench and will probably get into a fight that first game to make a statement.

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