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PHT Morning Skate: Senators had easy time picking Spezza for captaincy

Sep 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators shoots the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on January 16, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
(January 15, 2012 - Source: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/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.

Sharks goaltenders Harri Sateri and Alex Stalock are both scheduled to dress in Monday’s preseason contest. It will be an early opportunity for one or both of them to impress coach Todd McLellan as they compete for the backup gig in San Jose. (San Jose Mercury News)

Whether or not Jason Spezza would become the Ottawa Senators’ captain wasn’t a matter of debate. (Ottawa Citizen)

The New Jersey Devils finished in the bottom third of the NHL with a 15.9% power-play success rate in 2013. Losing Ilya Kovalchuk in the summer certainly hasn’t done them any favors in that regard, but they’re hoping Jaromir Jagr proves to be a difference maker. (The Bergen Record)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett looked good in his team’s 5-4 overtime loss to Columbus on Sunday. (Penguins.nhl.com)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Ryan Stanton is competing for a roster spot, but with the team’s 2013 Stanley Cup-winning group intact, the odds aren’t in his favor. (Chicago Tribune)

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is happy with how Emerson Etem, Andrew Cogliano, and Saku Koivu have meshed together so far. “I’ve got to believe the speed of those guys is going to create a little bit of havoc with anybody they play against,” Boudreau said. (Los Angeles Times)

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