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PHT Morning Skate: Where youth movement elevates Chicago

Apr 9, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates during player introduction before taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on February 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blue Jackets 1-0.
(February 23, 2013 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

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 race for the Calder Trophy is looking wide open. (Edmonton Journal)

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen feels his team gets “no respect” from the referees, but he also believes “it’s our fault.” (Sun Sentinel)

Meanwhile Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore (groin) is hoping to return before the end of the season. (Miami Herald)

Washington Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro will play in Montreal tonight for just the second time since he was traded in 2006. (CSN Washington)

The Winnipeg Jets are doing just as bad defensively as they did in 2011-12. (Winnipeg Sun)

Evgeni Nabokov is talking about a contract extension with the New York Islanders, but for now the 37-year-old goaltender is just enjoying the battle for a playoff spot. (New York Newsday)

The Chicago Blackhawks latest youth movement has been a big part of the team’s success this season. (CSN Chicago)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (lower body) took part in Monday’s practice. He sidestepped the question on when he might return, saying “it’ll be up to the coach.” (Penguins.nhl.com)

  1. sjt999 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    I didn’t know that Nabokov is changing positions. Goalie to a defenseman, that should be interesting

    • bensawesomeness - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Definitely a bold strategy

  2. polegojim - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Chicago should give the Avs lessons on how a ‘Youth Movement’ should be executed.

    Chicago’s Player Development is obviously VERY well ran…

    The Avs seem to practice Player Undevelopment and almost successfully chased Duchene and O’Reilly out of Denver, just like they did with Drury, Tanguay, and several other very talented young players over the past few years.

  3. earpaniac - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    What’s still scary to me, and I’m a ‘Hawks fan, is that Toews and Kane are still just 24.

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