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PHT Morning Skate: Tallon loves Ekblad’s hands

Jul 22, 2014, 8:00 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.

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is a big fan of his first-round pick, Aaron Ekblad. He’s a very big fan of his hands. Silky mitts, you guys. (Sun Sentinel)

Here’s a fun way to use fancy stats: David Clarkson was more effective than Wendel Clark. Chew on that, Maple Leafs fans. (The Score)

Chicago Blackhawks executive John McDonagh enjoys the team convention because it helps “humanize” the players. That’s pretty cool. (

Congratulations to Rob Rossi as he moves from the Pittsburgh Penguins beat to role of lead columnist. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Buffalo Sabres prospect goalie Linus Ullmark is someone the team is high on. Also, he has Bowser from Super Mario Bros. on his mask. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

Size and skill are what the Sabres have going for them up front. Maybe this rebuild will go just fine. (

Did you know Panthers prospects Rocco Grimaldi and Vincent Trocheck have been friends for a long time? (Sun Sentinel)

Finally, is this actually NHL referee Tim Peel on Twitter? There’s no way this ends well. (@TimTPeel)

  1. raleighcaniac - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Tallon loves Ekblads hands on what Dale?

  2. terrier92 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Really who wrote or worse approved that headline. Is this an attempt to get hired by the NY Post !

  3. blomfeld - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:39 PM


    (Latin phrase meaning horrible year)

    As if the Panther’s don’t have enough problems already eh ? An atrocious ‘on ice’ product, pathetic attendance figures, shaky finances, an uncertain future, etc. And now we hear (albeit via PHT code) that GM Dale Tallon has romantic ‘designs’ on their first round pick ? Suffice it to say friends that I’m now going to refrain from poking fun at this franchise in going forward. This is definitely going from bad to ‘horribilis’ as the Romans might have said …

    “May God have mercy on those who support the notion of ice hockey in the tropics” … Romulus 18:6

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