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PHT Morning Skate: Bettman in Glendale for start of new Coyotes era

Oct 4, 2013, 8:00 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.

New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer was very pleased with what he saw from Jaromir Jagr in his Devils debut. (The Star-Ledger)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was on hand for the Phoenix Coyotes first game under their new ownership group. (

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Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk is trying to move past his disappointing season opener. (Edmonton Journal)

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller wants to have regular meetings with core members of his team. (News & Observer)

The New York Islanders have scored just one goal or have been shutout in seven of their last 11 games against the Devils. The two squads will meet on Friday. (New York Newsday)

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates isn’t sure what role recently claimed defenseman Alex Urbom will have yet. The 22-year-old will participate in his first practice with the team today. (CSN Washington)

Highlights from Los Angeles’ 3-2 victory over Minnesota:

  1. amityvillefun - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Was Bettman’s presence supposed to help sell tickets in Phoenix? This guy can’t retire fast enough for my liking. Go away Gary. Don’t the boos that rain upon you at every game you attend tell you something? Or are you daft?

  2. ronniethec - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I don’t understand all of the vitriol towards GB. He has done a stellar job increasing the popularity of the NHL. I have heard many sports talk radio hosts say that he is by far the best of the 4 major sports commissioners. What is it that he has or has not done that is so upsetting?

    • dueman - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      You must have started watching hockey this season eh? I have one word for you – LOCKOUTS! – It’s Gary’s favorite pastime.

      • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        or maybe he’s more focused on satisfying his employer.

  3. tapefolie - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Dueman- Get over it already!! All sports have lockouts, it’s part of the game unfortunately but this is just a fact in the real world. Would you care to join us? It’s not a big deal so long as the game continues to be exciting and fast paced as it is.

  4. imleftcoast - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Poison pill takes effect in five years. I’d call that a ‘period,’ rather than an ‘era.’ I guess it’s semantics.

    No one wants to see Bettman’s ugly mug in person. I’m guessing he expenses the tickets, and then spends all but an hour on personal business. I’d like to know if he even stays for the whole game. Someone must know if he leaves before the third period.

  5. thailer35 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Really PHT? Nothing at all mentioned about the Coyotes routing NYR last night? Nothing about Vrbata’s hat trick? All you talk about is Bettman hanging out in PHX for one night? Disgraceful.

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