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PHT Morning Skate: Stempniak, Miller adjusting to new teams

Mar 25, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 20: Lee Stempniak #22 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a second period goal during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on March 20, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. 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.

Recently acquired forward Lee Stempniak admitted that his new role on the Pittsbugh Penguins’ top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz has been a big adjustment, but coach Dan Bylsma is happy with what Stempniak has already brought to the table. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Meanwhile, Ryan Miller is adapting to life with the St. Louis Blues. He admitted that shifting from Buffalo to St. Louis has taken some getting used to and the process isn’t over yet despite his post-trade success. (Canadian Press)

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The Edmonton Oilers’ problems are mounting and that’s partially because top forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle have declined in the second half of the season. (Edmonton Journal)

Mikhail Grabovski practiced with the Washington Capitals on Monday, but he still doesn’t have much strength in his injured ankle. (Washington Times)

Gustav Olofsson has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild. The 19-year-old defenseman was taken with the 46th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Star Tribune)

Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards said the weird thing about playing in Philadelphia is how much the Flyers have changed since he was traded. At this point he thinks he knows more players with the Anaheim Ducks than he does on the team that drafted him in 2003. (LA Kings Insider)

Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd hadn’t missed a game since the franchise relocated from Atlanta until Monday’s game against Dallas. He was absent so that he could be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. (Winnipeg Sun)

Highlights from Montreal’s 2-1 win over Boston:

  1. zaksopinion - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Shocked about the Miller trade. However I think he’ll do better at the Blues.

    • wtfkwp - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      The Blues are officially scary now. Glad the Kings don’t meet them in the first round.

      • zaksopinion - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Yeah. Right behind the bruins. It’s gonna end in ten second round again. They’re a fairytale team.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      You are shocked about the Miller trade……you need to get out from under that rock more often.

      • zaksopinion - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Why? Isn’t it shocking? Why would the struggling sabres trade away a franchise player for another goaltender who is less decorated.

  2. c9castine - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Stempniak has done a great job. I knew he was a decent player, but hes better than that. He has real slick hands and a great shot, he plays fast and works hard as anybody.

    If he keeps doing that, and stays in Pittsburgh, he is easily a 60 point player.

    Ryan Miller has always been good, its just been a while since he was on a good team. Im sure that takes adjusting in its own right

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