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PHT Morning Skate: Another reason New Year’s Day is a big deal for hockey

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 25: Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins skates during NHL game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs October 25, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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 2015 Winter Classic and a slew of New Year’s resolutions make tomorrow a significant day for most of us. Here’s one other reason not to sleep through half of the day after having a little too much fun tonight: teams can re-sign players who were on one-year contracts starting on Jan. 1, 2015. Could we see the likes of Torey Krug (pictured), Reilly Smith and Christian Ehrhoff inking extensions? (Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts)

If you were watching the Oilers’ eventual shootout win against the Kings last night, you may have noticed a peculiar moment of “gamesmanship” when Ben Scrivens was forced to tape up the knob of his goalie stick. Kukla’s Korner does a nice job breaking down what that was all about, aside from Darryl Sutter being a sly fox, of course. (Kukla’s Korner)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Wednesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Wednesday at 5pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

The perils of being a hockey sports broadcaster. (Puck Daddy)’s Joe Haggerty answers some Boston Bruins-related questions in his latest mailbag. (

Even with mounting injuries, the Winnipeg Jets are still acquitting themselves pretty well on defense. (Winnipeg Free Press)

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