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PHT Morning Skate: Comparing Krueger with Eakins

Zack Kassian, Justin Schultz, Jesse Joensuu

Edmonton Oilers’ head coach Dallas Eakins, center, stands on the bench above David Perron, from left to right, Sam Gagner and Ryan Jones during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


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.

So far, replacing Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger with Dallas Eakins has been a step backwards for the team. (Edmonton Journal)

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Steven Stamkos (broken leg) has been skating for a while now, but he’s having trouble with accelerating and turning. (Toronto Star)

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates is taking his cues from how the Boston Bruins handled the development of Joe Thornton when it comes to Tom Wilson. (Washington Post)

Pascal Dupuis, who might be out for the season, still isn’t ready to ACL surgery. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Buffalo Sabres cited the upcoming Olympic break as one of the reasons they sent 19-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko to the QMJHL. (Buffalo News)

Could the Montreal Canadiens end up trading Daniel Briere to the New Jersey Devils? (New Jersey Online)

Highlights from Philadelphia’s 4-3 victory over Buffalo:

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