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PHT Morning Skate: Where Stars look to expand their footprint

May 22, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

Jim Lites, Tom Gaglardi 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.

Dallas Stars president Jim Lites wants to expand the team’s “footprint from New Orleans to Tulsa to Houston and beyond.” (Dallas Morning News)

The Detroit Red Wings have lost some great defenseman over the last couple of years, but it has given guys like Jakub Kindl the opportunity to step up. (Detroit Free Press)

Brenden Morrow left Tuesday’s practice early. It’s believed that he might be playing through an upper-body injury, but naturally Penguins coach Dan Bylsma isn’t providing injury information during the playoffs. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Prospects Magnus Nygren and Sebastian Collberg have signed with the Montreal Canadiens. (

Here is a montage of the Detroit Red Wings’ recent successes in the playoffs:

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There was some interesting news yesterday regarding the possibility of Patrick Roy becoming the Avalanche’s next head coach. Although it’s not clear how likely a deal is at this point, it sounds like Roy is a strong candidate for the gig. (Denver Post)

Jason Spezza thinks the key for the Ottawa Senators at this point is to be “short-sighted.” (Ottawa Citizen)

Maybe it was for the best that the Boston Bruins’ bid to acquire Jarome Iginla collapsed. (CSN New England)

Highlights from San Jose’s 2-1 victory over Los Angeles:

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  1. pastabelly - May 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    In hindsight, if the Bruins had known that Ference and Seidenberg would get injured, there is no way they would have traded Bartkowski. Ference may have played his last game as a Bruin. Redden probably won’t be back either. That leaves one spot for either Krug or Bartkowski. Chiarelli and Neely were probably thinking that as well and targeting that spot for Krug, making Bartkowski an obvious choice to trade. All of that is still true for next year. The six defensive spots are still Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuck, McQuaid, Hamilton, and Krug or Bartkowski. Neither of those two rookies should be all that comfortable with respect to a roster spot on the 2013-14 team. It’s possible that Bartkowski actually does wind up in Calgary. My issue with the Iginla deal was involving Koko. Either way (Jagr or Iginla) they were giving up a 1st round pick for a run at the Cup.

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