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PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin talks about Team Russia, Olympics

Sep 11, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin 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.

The Los Angeles Kings have signed 23-year-old goaltender Martin Jones to a two-year contract. (Kings.nhl.com)

Alex Ovechkin doesn’t think the bigger ice surface in the 2014 Winter Olympics will be an advantage for Team Russia. He also talked about the pressure that will be on the Russian players. (CSN Washington)

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn’t putting too much stock in the Oilers’ trio of blowout losses in the Young Stars Classic tournament. Contrast that with Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster’s remarks. (Edmonton Sun)

Tyler Kennedy might get a chance to play alongside Brent Burns and Joe Thornton. Meanwhile, rookie Tomas Hertl might make his NHL debut when the Sharks’ open their season on Oct. 3. (CSN Bay Area)

Here are 10 interesting storylines involving Canadian hockey teams to keep an eye on during training camp. (NHL.com)

If Daniel Cleary does end up signing his reported three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, it will represent a sizable increase over what Detroit offered. (Detroit Free Press)

  1. hockey412 - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    I’m not sure it will help Joe Thornton or Brent Burns to have someone toss the puck to the goaltenders glove as soon as he crosses the blueline. Tyler Kennedy is NOT a top 6, for that reason. Bylsma tried it at least once a year and he just can’t do it.

    • erbaker67 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Hope he works out over there. I will not miss him shooting a slapper just past the blue line 5 feet wide and start an odd man break the other way.

  2. girouxed - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Tyler Kennedy had a ferret face.

    Now he has rabbit face.

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