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PHT Morning Skate: What to do with Niemi?

Jul 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Antti Niemi 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.

What should the San Jose Sharks do with Antti Niemi next season?’s Kevin Kurz weighs in. (

Ten “hopes” for the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15. (Edmonton Journal)

Jason Botchford wonders why the Sedin twins don’t get thrown under the bus as often as many other star players. (Vancouver Province)

Comparing two very different offenses in the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. (mc79hockey)

Check out Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer’s new mask (Dave Art)

Comparing Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas to one of hockey’s greatest innovators, the late Roger Neilson?(The Hockey News)

The Nashville Predators allowed kids to color on the ice. Interesting results (H/T to Puck Daddy)

  1. govtminion - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Credit to the Preds… that’s actually a fun idea. Stuff like that sticks in a kids’ mind- that’s the way to get younger people interested in hockey, not just as a fan. After all, who knows- some of those thrilled kids might want to learn to play the game. Perhaps one of them will be looking back in 20 years at this and pointing this out as the moment that prompted the first step towards the NHL.

  2. girouxsalem89 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    After they painted his name on the ice, Neal came out and knee’d all the kids in the face for not getting his permission to use his likeness.

    • hockey412 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Ok I’ll admit that’s one hell of a visual. I think it’s just cool they gave James Neal his crayons back.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Another funny remark, hockey412, that will keep me smiling for a while.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Visual – not so funny, Giroux. But yours is a helluva funny remark. I’m still laughing.

    • ballistictrajectory - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Today’s winning comment!

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    To be honest I’ve been asking this question for a few weeks
    I think it’s time to trade him, I don’t know who will take him as a backup but at this point that’s all he’s cut out for, he sucks in the playoffs

  4. skr213 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    What to do with Niemi?! Fire Wilson!!

    • skr213 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      I wonder how many of those thumbs up know I’m being sarcastic and making fun of 66?

  5. rosloe62 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Niemi should have stayed with the Hawks.

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