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PHT Morning Skate: Lightning sticking with Syracuse for AHL

Sep 5, 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.

The Syracuse Crunch will be home to the prospects for the Tampa Bay Lightning through the 2016-17 season. All they’ve been able to do there is make Syracuse a perennial playoff team and helped them make the Calder Cup Final back in 2013. (Lightning)

New Toronto Maple Leafs forward Daniel Winnik wants to help his new team avoid collapsing on itself for the third straight season. That would make for a real “hometown guy does good” story. (Toronto Star)

Craig Anderson is really happy to be back in Ottawa after signing his extension. (Ottawa Sun)

Brian Elliott is ready to give it a go at being the No. 1 guy in St. Louis. He and Jake Allen should have a fair amount of pressure on them this season. (Blues)

Dave Babych won’t be returning to the Vancouver Canucks in his hockey operations role. (The Province)

The WHL is trying out giving the ice a dry scrape before overtime to alleviate potentially bad ice. They’re still working some things out. (Buzzing The Net)

Give it up to the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals for becoming community owned. It’s like the Green Bay Packers except with less cheese. (Puck Daddy)

Montreal doesn’t have a captain yet, but Max Pacioretty is eager to help lead the way. (NHL.com)

Finally, were you wondering where Dustin Penner might wind up this season? Well…

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    “All they’ve been able to do there is make Syracuse a perennial playoff team and helped them make the Calder Cup Final back in 2013.”

    to be fair, that farm system set the professional sports win streak record and won the Calder Cup the year before they relocated from Norfolk. they’ve technically had worse results each year since they moved to Syracuse (it’s only been 2 years though).

    • ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      I should mention that those two years included the losses of Tokarski, Killorn, Panik, TJohnson, Palat, and Gudas though.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        and Conacher

    • patthehockeyfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      There you go again, conversing with yourself, ibie! lol

      PHT needs to give you a column. I’m not kidding.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        they have. the only way I can post to it is to hit the reply button though.

        lol I just often don’t complete my thoughts before the first time I press “post comment”… especially early in the AM.

      • patthehockeyfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        “I just often don’t complete my thoughts before the first time I press “post comment”… ”

        That’s what the bloggers here call (UPDATED).

        You’re a natural. :)

      • ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        lol what kind of grump thumbed us down for facts and jokes on a friday?

      • patthehockeyfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Well … at least we know he’s human … having those opposable thumbs.
        :)

        Have a great weekend, ibie!

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