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PHT Morning Skate: Lehtonen excited to play with Thomas

Mar 7, 2014, 8:15 AM EST

Kari Lehtonen 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.

Kari Lehtonen could’ve been upset at hearing of Tim Thomas‘ arrival in Dallas after the deadline day deal. Instead, he’s anxious to meet him and appreciates that Thomas, “likes Finnish people.” (Stars.com)

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More goalie talk: Blues goalie Brian Elliott totally gets why the team went out and got Ryan Miller. (Post-Dispatch)

Add Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi to the list of people saying the salary cap will only jump to $68 million next season thanks to a weaker Canadian dollar. (Los Angeles Times)

Boston’s Shawn Thornton says the Bruins are a “confident bunch” as the season rolls towards the playoffs. They should be, they’re probably the best team in the East right now. (CSNNE.com)

Zdeno Chara is happy to have countryman Andrej Meszaros there to help out. It’s good to keep the captain happy. (CSNNE.com)

Paul Stastny is glad to have trade deadline day behind him so the rumors can stop. (The Denver Post)

Finally, in today’s weird news, Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux are going to have a different kind of opponent coming up soon:

Don’t fall for the hidden ball trick, you guys.

  1. hockey412 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Boston’s played well, but as painful as it is to say it, Philly’s played better.

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      In what sport? This is a hockey website, dude.

      • hockey412 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        I don’t like to hear it either. Especially coming out of my own mouth.

  2. slaugin - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    You obviously didn’t hear Charas quotes on Mesarjos. He is doesn’t sound excited at all

  3. wtfkwp - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    “Excited?” I somehow doubt that. Resigned to it? Probably.

  4. darksidecowboy - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Hey Kari, what’s not to like about Finnish people?

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