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PHT Morning Skate: 50 days until opening night

Aug 12, 2013, 8:25 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.

Yeah, that’s Michael Handzus with the Stanley Cup back in his home country of Slovakia. It draws a crowd everywhere it goes. (Getty)

Just to help you through the doldrums of summer, here’s your light at the end of the tunnel: There are 50 days left until opening night.

On to the news…

Stars GM Jim Nill calls Sergei Gonchar the “forgotten man” and thinks he’ll spark Dallas’ power play. (Dallas Stars)

The likely new owners of the Devils are being viewed as guys who will build up the current team, not rip it apart. You mean their roster can be decimated further?! (Star-Ledger)

Flames prospect Bill Arnold is catching the eyes of one scout at Boston College. (Calgary Flames)

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is talking more about the team facing a new financial reality. Gulp. (Senators Extra)

Finally, a sad note to pass along. Arizona Republic writer and Coyotes beat reporter Jim Gintonio passed away last night following a battle with cancer.

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