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PHT Morning Skate: ‘Hawks win after GM Bowman replenished depth

Jun 25, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

Stan Bowman 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.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson got a taste of life in the NHL last season and is working to stay to make sure he stays with the Lightning in 2013-14. (

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman deserves a lot of credit for rebuilding the team’s supporting cast after their 2010 Stanley Cup championship. (Yahoo!)

Some interesting statistics and facts about Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. (

New Jersey Devils director of scouting David Conte isn’t sure this year’s draft will compare to 2003 in terms of the sheer quantity of players that will develop into big name stars. However, he thinks we might see even more players from 2013 go on to have long NHL careers. (Edmonton Journal)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are also looking to add some more goaltending depth. Meanwhile, the team continues to compete with the KHL for Sergei Bobrovsky‘s services, (

Retired defenseman Adam Foote has officially been added to Colorado’s coaching staff as a defense development consultant. Meanwhile, Andre Tourigny will serve as an assistant coach and Mario Duhamel is the Avalanche’s new video coach. (Denver Post)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in Edmonton forward Sam Gagner. He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent and the Oilers might end up inking him to a long-term deal instead of trading him. (Edmonton Journal)

Highlights from Chicago’s 3-2 victory against Boston:

  1. esracerx46 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Bowman has received more crap than Corey Crawford from Chicago fans. Everything from keeping Patrick Sharp instead of Byfuglien, to not being able to acquire a second line center. Fans and sports radio guys (Rosenbloom) wanted him fired when Detroit was up 3-1. The fact is, good Gm’s can win a cup.Great Gms in the salary cap era can remove 14 players, and find enough talent and depth via draft, trade, or FA to do it again in very short order. I give Bowman a ton of credit. He built a team that had fewer holes than anyone else in the league, and was able to do it with naysayers always being there. Congrats, no one can say this wasn’t his team like the last one.

  2. ibieiniid - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM


    This was my first season reading PHT everyday. I’d like to say thank you. I came for the lockout news, which you provided. I stayed for the hockey news, which you continued to provide. Obviously, your job is never over and there’s a busy, short off-season coming… but you guys did great this season. I’ll keep reading.

  3. dt58 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    He doesn’t look like his dad at all…

    Great job Stan. Keep up the awesome work. (and please try to keep Bickell)

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