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PHT Morning Skate: Where Florida teams would have rough travel schedule post-realignment

Feb 28, 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.

The Ottawa Senators are allowing a ton of shots on goal, but their goaltenders have still recorded one of the lowest GAAs in the NHL. (Ottawa Citizen)

Florida Panthers NHLPA representative Mike Weaver thinks that travel will be “by far the worst in Florida” if the current realignment plan goes forward. (Sun Sentinel)

The San Jose Sharks are looking for more offense out of their blueliners. The Sharks defensemen have scored a combined four goals in 2013. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Los Angeles Kings might run into some salary cap problems this summer if they intend to keep their current team intact. (LA Kings Insider)

Buffalo Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston is looking to build momentum after a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. (Buffalo News)

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard is out for one-to-two weeks because of an upper body injury. The silver lining is that it’s not a head injury. (Columbus Dispatch)

Michael Ryder didn’t leave the Montreal Canadiens on the best of terms in 2008, but the way he sees it, things are a lot different going into his second stint with the club. He made his post-trade debut in Montreal’s 5-2 victory over Toronto on Wednesday. (Sportsnet)

Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has just three goals in 16 games, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not contributing. (Boston Herald)

Here’s the highlights from Philadelphia’s 4-1 victory over Washington Wednesday night:

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  1. mclovinhockey - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    To be fair, 3 of the 4 conferences will have to travel as much as the jet have been for divisional games. So rather than cutting down on travel like the league wanted to do so the jets do not have to travel as much as they do. They just made sure most the league has to travel that much more.

  2. gbditka - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Thought it was public knowledge that travel was part of the package when you become a professional athlete? I have a hard time feling sorry for guys making the cash they do who have to fly on chartered aircraft, stay in the nicest of hotels and have meals prepared while traveling. As for Florida Panthers players taking on more than their fair share of travel, find the positive that you’ll alaways return to nice weather and a half empty arena.

  3. manchestermiracle - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    The Kings played the Wings last night, right? Did I just dream that the Kings came back from a 1-0 deficit to win? We got a story about the Ducks right after that game ended (8 hours ago now), but no story yet about the Kings’ win even though it took place about the same time?

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      I agree with you, to an extent. This is a hockey site and there should be at least a recap of every game played the night before, even if it is the two last place teams playing. The area part I have a problem with is your post sounds like there should be coverage because it was the Kings. If I am reading this wrong, I apologize. I was going to post something about putting yourself in two extended 5 on 3’s and how it’s hard to win games that way, but where do I post that if there is no story.

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        I’m sorry you don’t think the defending champs should get a story after a win, but the lack of any reporting at all on the game also screws Wings fans. No story also means no video. The freaky goal Bernier gave up would have been fun to see again as well as Kopitar’s game winner.

    • hrudey - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      If it had been on one of the NBC Sports networks, I’m sure it would have been the top stor… oh. Right. Well, at least PennsylvaniaHockeyTalk is still letting us comment here.

  4. michiganhockey11 - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Yes, Florida has it so rough for travel. And teams like Detroit who probably have logged millions of miles over the past 15 years in the playoffs and regular season making west coast trips constantly…

    • clefty1 - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      To think both Florida teams would still be in the eastern time zone..Maybe they should have to deal with west coast trips over three time zones.

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Yeah it’s always rich to hear Eastern teams complaining about travel.. even the longest flights would be comparable to say, Edmonton to Phoenix.

  5. f2maestro - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    If the travel schedule would be too rough, maybe the NHL should look into moving the team to a market that will fill more than 6k seats a night.

  6. clefty1 - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Maybe the Florida teams should look at all the people that have moved or go there during the winter months that are from Detroit, Boston, Toronto or Montreal, I know there are plenty of Wings fans in both buildings when the Wings visit.

    • rca26 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      This argument shows up in every realignment article, and it’s such a lazy way to maintain stereotypes without taking time to know about the sport.

      I highly doubt the Lightning are selling out Hurricanes games due to the high number of Raleigh expats living in Tampa.

      There are plenty of Wings and Leafs fans in EVERY barn. It’s no different from Packers and Lakers and Yankees fans showing up in every stadium in their sports.

  7. ussportsfanuk - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    On the plan on my blog I have the Panthers and Lightning in with the Penguins, Flyers, Capitals, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Predators.

    As for the Red Wings (who so much of this seems to be centred around) they’re still in the West but with creative scheduling they would actually play around 58 of their 82 games in the Eastern time zone and wouldn’t have to travel West of the Central time zone more than 14 times a season.

    • ussportsfanuk - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Just realised the Red Wings would only actually have to travel west of the Central time zone 8 times in the regular season and a maximum of 4 times in the Playoffs. That sounds even better for them!

  8. pastabelly - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    While they’re at it, since they already have four of the Original Six in the same conference, they should move the other two as well and replace the Florida teams with Chicago (not too far from Detroit) and NY (very close to Boston).

  9. kingsforever - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Yeah considering that half of our division isnt even in the same time zone…I don’t feel bad at all for the East and their “travel”

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