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PHT Morning Skate: Where Pavelec strongly opposes smaller pads

Mar 22, 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.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec thinks that if the goalies pads shrink, then the players should be forced to use wooden sticks. (Winnipeg Sun)

24-year-old forward Kyle Flanagan has inked a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers for the 2013-14 campaign. He had 15 goals and 47 points in 35 games with St. Lawrence University this season. (CSN Philly)

Speaking of Flanagan, he was one of the 10 finalists announced on Thursday for the Hobey Baker Award. (

Buffalo Sabres enforcer Patrick Kaleta has no problem with being disliked. (Ottwa Citizen)

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is hoping that Damien Brunner will be inspired by Teemu Selanne. The Ducks will play Detroit on Friday. (Detroit Free Press)

A look at the San Jose Sharks’ situation as the trade deadline approaches. (CSN Bay Area)

Patrick Maroon has agreed to a two-year extension with the Anaheim Ducks. He’s scored twice in 11 games with Anaheim this season and he also has 39 points and 115 penalty minutes in 51 AHL contests in 2012-13. (

Now that Matt Carkner has recovered from a hip flexor injury, he can finally get back to trying to establish himself with the New York Islanders. (New York Newsday)

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has logged 86:11 power-play minutes this season, but goaltender Martin Brodeur has more power-play goals than him.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Only if the goalie equipment increased in size as a counter measure for composite sticks. I could be wrong, but I believe composite sticks came after the goalie equipment increased in size.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Welcome back to the land of the ice and snow. Hope you enjoyed your time in the sun.
      I would like to see them measure the average percentage of room a goalie from the Original Six era took up of the net and compare it to what the average goalies today take up. Then increase the net size to make today’s goalies have the same percentage of unoccupied net as the goalies from the Original Six.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Nice to be back.

        Good point. The goalie union won’t like this.

  2. hockeydon10 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Even wooden sticks are capable of 100+ mph shots. Iafrate and MacInnis anyone? (Not to mention the legendary 118 mph shot of Bobby Hull.)

  3. gekkoguy82 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I don’t understand what the fuss about goal scoring is. I watched 8 goals get scored at the Predators-Flames game last night. There were 8 in the Sabres/Leafs game, 7 in the Isles/Habs game. Then there was 3-1, 4-1 games. What is the issue here? Seems to me that goalies still give up goals regularly, even with current equipment standards. Kipper got beaten 5 hole and along the ice a couple times last night…

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Avg. number of goals scored in 05-06 was 6.11. Last year was 5.32. 2 – 1 games are boring from the average fan’s perspective. They are the mass and what drives revenue, so from a biz perspective increasing scoring makes sense.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Valoisvipers: Good call, makes sense to me…

  5. hockeyflow33 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    It’s great that people are using multiple handles to have conversations with themselves again

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