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PHT Morning Skate: Scott Hartnell has a children’s book

Dec 16, 2013, 8:15 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.

File this away under “Things You’d Never Expect”: Flyers forward Scott Hartnell wrote a children’s book and it has a lot to do with him falling down. (Courier Post, Hartnell Down)

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Are they still splitting starts between Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider in New Jersey? Not exactly. (Fire & Ice)

Maple Leafs rookie Jerry D’Amigo is thriving against top competition. Did you know he was matched up against Jonathan Toews‘ line on Saturday? Go get ’em kid! (Globe And Mail)

What’s the key to David Booth‘s game? Skating, apparently. (The Province)

Remember when the Capitals didn’t want to play Dmitry Orlov and he demanded a trade? Now he’s thriving. Who knew that playing games would be a good thing? (

The AHL had their outdoor game on Friday night in Rochester and it was a thriller as the Rochester Americans beat the Lake Erie Monsters in a shootout in a wintry, snowy affair. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Things are getting better for Phoenix’s Mike Smith:

Is Jason LaBarbera getting to Chicago soon?

  1. drewzducks - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Hartnell, Hartnell, let down your hair.

    • thesublimeylimey - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      So you can climb up, and into his underwear?

      • drewzducks - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        I’ll save that for your boyfriend, Pierre.

  2. joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    It seems like Parros’ stint with Montreal is coming to an end after being concussed by New York Islanders tough guy Eric Boulton’s punch to the chin during a fight. Some are saying that the Habs will release him. Perhaps it’s time for George get out an use his economics degree from Princeton before he sustains more brain damage. Heck! Perhaps the John Collins, COO of the NHL could give him a job. That would be a great way to begin a second career.

  3. hockey412 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    The ice hit his chin

    • joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      It wasBoulton’s fist that hit Parros’ chin this past weekend. Not the ice. Admit it! Punches to the head can cause concussions. C’mon! You and many others can do it.

  4. mclovinhockey - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Hartnell may be one of those players everyone hates on the ice, but you can’t hate this guy off the ice, classy move.

  5. flyerspsu - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Hartnell can be a dick on the ice but is a great guy off the ice

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