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PHT Morning Skate: Now that the NHL is back …

Jan 13, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Milan Michalek 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.

Team schedules were released so late Saturday night that there might be teams that got hosed even more, but two early results: the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets. Each squad reportedly has 10 back-to-back sets on their schedules. (The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti and Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline)

Five key questions for the New York Islanders … that don’t involve Lubomir Visnovsky pouting. (New York Newsday)

March 21-22 might not exactly represent a fun trip for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. (NHL.com’s Dan Rosen)

The San Jose Sharks’ 10 biggest games. (Fear the Fin)

Interesting angle: Joe Pelletier studies which players dominated the campaigns between the 2004-05 lockout and the 2011-12 season. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

In case you don’t feel like clicking around, the team-by-team schedules can be launched from one convenient spot. (NHL.com)

The Anaheim Ducks must have listened to PHT’s advice because they’re giving out free hot dogs and soda during today’s practice. (Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott)

The Florida Panthers reportedly hope Erik Gudbranson will recover from his wakeboarding injury in two to three weeks. (TSN’s Bob McKenzie)

A glance at the St. Louis Blues’ fan giveaways. (St. Louis Game Time)

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  1. Report: Ryan turned down Sens’ seven-year, $49M offer

    Sep 17, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

    TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 1: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators skates in the warm-up prior to playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 1, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Yet he says his contract status won’t be an issue this season.

  2. Gunnarsson hopes to be ready for opening night

    Sep 17, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Blues acquired him from Toronto.

  3. Columbus Blue Jackets win 2014 Traverse City tournament

    Sep 17, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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    Those prospects could get longer looks if Ryan Johansen misses the preseason.

  4. Hard-luck Hillen ‘100 percent’ after staph infection

    Sep 16, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

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    Caps blueliner has had bad luck in the health department.

  5. Forsberg named rookie tourney MVP, Ekblad all-tournament

    Sep 16, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Florida’s youngsters stole the show overall.

  6. Advantage Kuemper? Harding on crutches after ankle injury

    Sep 16, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

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    And he’ll reportedly miss part of Minnesota’s training camp.

  7. Sens bringing ex-Devils Mills, Palmieri to camp

    Sep 16, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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    The former appeared in three games for Chicago last year; the latter played in Germany.

  8. Ducks score another nice deal, ink Smith-Pelly for two years, $1.6M

    Sep 16, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Just one month after re-signing Jakob Silfverberg on the cheap.

  9. Update: NHL wants to see fine system in action before publicizing diving

    Sep 16, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    Bill Daly

    “Fines are meaningful. And I think it has to do with essentially being called out.”

  10. Veteran d-man Clark joins Avs’ staff

    Sep 16, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

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    He’ll be part of the player development department.

  11. Richards: I gave Lombardi ‘my word’ I’d work harder in the offseason

    Sep 16, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Kings forward “didn’t want to become a free agent and leave” L.A.

  12. Blues bringing BizNasty to camp

    Sep 16, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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    That’s him getting tossed around by Ryan Reaves.

  13. Daly, Holmgren honored with Lester Patrick Trophy

    Sep 16, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

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    For “outstanding service to hockey in the United States.”

  14. After trip to neurologist, Clowe on track for training camp

    Sep 16, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 24: Ryane Clowe #29 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck in the second period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on January 24, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Getty Images

    Veteran power forward is trying to return from another concussion.

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