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PHT Morning Skate: Grabovski, Kulemin reuniting makes for good story

Jul 3, 2014, 8:20 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 story of how Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski reunited to sign with the New York Islanders is something pretty special. (Sportsnet)

Remember how crazy it seemed when Jonathan Drouin didn’t make the Tampa Bay Lightning last season? Yeah, he’s very motivated to do that this time around and that’s great news for the ‘Bolts. (Tampa Bay Times)

Is Paul Stastny throwing shade? He said he sees more opportunity with the Blues. (Post-Dispatch)

Does spending tons of money guarantee success? No, but it sure makes it look like teams are trying. (Sportsnet)

Brian Gionta signing with the Buffalo Sabres makes for a nice homecoming story for a guy who becomes a leader for a young team. (

Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen better be ready for lots of scrutiny in Washington with their big deals. (Washington Post)

Steve Downie reuniting with Rick Tocchet in Pittsburgh makes for a nice story, but his history of menacing the Penguins brings questions. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

What about the other guy involved in the Jason Spezza trade? Alex Chiasson hopes to emerge as a star with the Senators. (

  1. habs9 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    i dont see how Stasney’s throwin shade though, he’s absolutely right, currently the Blues are more of a contender RIGHT NOW than the Avs, he certainly fits with the age group fo the Blues far more as well at 30(?) certainly the Avs will be better in a couple of years but this is now and he’s not 25 anymore

  2. patthehockeyfan - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    One wonders if it’s a damned-if-you-do / damned-if-you-don’t situation with the Capitals. Fans and the Washington press have been screaming for the team to get some defense. Voila! Enter Orpik and Niskanen. Guess what? The Washington Post is now screaming that their contracts are bad deals, and others are saying the same.

    Granted, the length and cost of the deals are questionable, as these picks themselves also may be; yet, the Caps got some defense. Let’s see how they work out first, and leave the prognostication to Cassandra.

  3. buffbry - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Newspapers in Long Island this morning…

    Billboards in Long Island….

    Opening night…

  4. lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin make for a great story, sure—off the ice

    Nothing against Kulemin (he was the only Leaf, out of the two of them, who wanted to make an effort, tried to make that effort, and worked hard for that effort and a very quiet, nice guy) but Grabovski?? Let’s see how the “story” plays out come October

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