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PHT Morning Skate: St. John’s hope to replace Jets’ AHL team if they leave

Jan 22, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT

Wilkes-Barre Scranton right wing Tom Kuhnhacki (14) tries to get a shot past St John's Ice Caps goalie Eddie Pasquale (40) during the first period of an AHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran) MANDATORY CREDIT 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 St. John’s IceCaps issued a statement in response to the recent reports that the Jets are considering relocating their AHL team to Thunder Bay, Ontario. The IceCaps said that they always knew this was a possibility, so they’ve been actively looking for a replacement NHL partner in the event that the Jets leave. (St. John’s IceCaps)

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Pierre LeBrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in acquiring Matt Moulson, but they certainly won’t be the only ones. (TSN)

Now that Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton has some NHL experience under his belt, he’s starting to play with confidence. (The Tennessean)

Logan Couture (hand surgery) isn’t ready to start handling the puck, but he’s upbeat and hopes to practice in a week or two. (CSN Bay Area)

Calgary Flames president Brian Burke wasn’t looking to trade Matt Stajan back when he was the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Calgary insisted on him being part of the Dion Phaneuf deal if it were to go forward. Now that Burke has switched from Toronto to Calgary, he feels Stajan is “far better” than he was before the trade. That was his motivation for signing Stajan to a four-year extension. (

The Ottawa Senators caused a bit of a stir with a celebratory tweet following their 2-0 victory over Washington last night. (CSN Washington)

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  1. nhstateline - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    St. Johns’ draws really well. Someone else probably will move there. And they can help the Portland Pirates figure out where they’re going to end up too. Nothing says summer like minor league franchise musical chairs.

  2. pfhockey - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    They should move teams that don’t draw enough crowds in cities nearby NHL arenas.

  3. nhstateline - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    maybe. the question is: will more money be made doing that or will it all get eaten up in travel costs ? St. John’s is far from anywhere else in the league meaning expensive for the visiting teams to get to and a lot of them have their teams in NE, NY PA because it keeps the travel budget down. Manchester, for example, only spends like 25 night a year in hotels and a good chunk of that is in St. John’s. Swapping that trip for Syracuse or Binghamton probably lowers the travel budget more so they’d push for those teams to come into the division before they’d push for St. John’s to get another team. Still, as a business proposition, owning an AHL team in St. John’s seems like a good one.

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