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PHT Morning Skate: Blues reportedly hoped to get both Spezza, Stastny

Jul 2, 2014, 8:06 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.

The St. Louis Blues reportedly had aspirations of adding Jason Spezza in addition to Paul Stastny. (

Columnist Ron Cook feels Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is doing the best he can with the “salary-cap hell created by (former GM Ray) Shero.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Jonas Hiller said it was tough not to doubt himself in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign because he felt Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau had lost faith in him. Hiller’s looking forward to getting a fresh start with Calgary. (Calgary Sun)

Unrestricted free agents collectively earned roughly half a billion dollars in commitments from teams on July 1, but the Carolina Hurricanes largely stayed out of the spending spree. (News & Observer)

Defenseman Josh Jacobs, who was taken by the New Jersey Devils with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 draft, plans on going to Michigan State rather than joining the OHL Sarnia Sting. (Detroit Free Press)

Although Evgeni Nabokov doesn’t feel his age, he is willing to play the role of the mentor to the younger goaltenders in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s system and he realizes he’s entering the campaign as Ben Bishop‘s backup. (Tampa Bay Times)

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Nice article about Hiller in the Calgary Sun. Thanks, Dadoun.

    Thanks to all the PHT writers/bloggers for their lightning-speed fingers yesterday in keeping us all up to date on the day’s trades, stays, and all the news in general.

    • mcphillthy - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM


  2. patthehockeyfan - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Regarding the Penguins story, just to be clear, the words, “salary cap hell,” were those of the writer of the Post-Gazette story, Ron Cook, and not Jim Rutherford’s.

    While Rutherford made mention of fitting in salaries cap-wise, I couldn’t find a quote of his about “hell.” At least not in this regard.

    From another Post-Gazette story:
    Kulemin was still on the market Tuesday night, though, and there was no indication the Penguins were trying to sign him.

    “I guess there’s always a chance, but it would take someone getting very, very creative to figure out how that contract fits into our [salary] cap,” Rutherford said.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      I don’t think the GM would criticize his new franchise that way. Most GMs are more reserved than that.

      But you have to admit the cap only raising to 69M made the Pens situation even harder to deal with. Signing 6 players for 8.3 isn’t impossible, but will fill the roster up with more grinder types.

    • lilgurgi - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Ron Hextall could be saying the same “Salary Cap Hell” comment about his situation left to him by Homer with the Flyers. Unless they can unload some salary (Lecavalier, I’m looking at you), there won’t be many moves by the Flyers this summer.

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