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PHT Morning Skate: Where Devils credit DeBoer’s system for success

Feb 15, 2013, 7:15 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.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane gained a lot of respect for the San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton when they played together for HC Davos during the lockout. They’re back to being rivals though and will face each other on Friday. (Chicago Tribune)

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson spent parts of six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, but he’s not getting emotional over his latest game against the Kings on Friday. “I’ve already played these guys a couple of times,” Johnson said. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary now.” (LA Kings Insider)

After the loss of Erik Karlsson, is it possible that the Edmonton Oilers will trade defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Ottawa Senators? (Edmonton Journal)

The New Jersey Devils’ players are crediting coach Peter DeBoer’s system for their early success. (The Globe and Mail)

To avoid more injuries like Karlsson’s season-ending Achilles laceration, should more NHL players go into games with cut-proof Kevlar socks? (Sportsnet)

The demotion of 20-year-old defenseman Jamie Oleksiak is about allowing him to get more playing time. The 2011 first-round pick averaged 15:40 minutes of ice time in six games with the Dallas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis admitted that telling 32-year-old forward Manny Malhotra, who was attempting to come back from an eye injury, that his playing days in Vancouver were over was the “the hardest thing I have done in this job.” (Vancouver Sun)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson and forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie are both heading to the AHL on conditioning assignments. (Lightning.nhl.com)

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