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PHT Morning Skate: In which James van Riemsdyk might be playing hurt

Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 17: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates with the puck as Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins defends during their game on December17, 2011 at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/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.

Tim Panaccio of wonders aloud if James van Riemsdyk is playing injured. It’s not like he has broken limbs dangling here or anything. (

Kevin Dineen is politicking pretty hard to get Stephen Weiss in the All-Star Game. People still do this? (Sun-Sentinel)

Remember Marc Bergevin? He was a defenseman through the 80s and 90s in the NHL. He’s carving out a nice career as an assistant to GM Stan Bowman now. Wait, does that make him the Dwight Schrute of Chicago? (Chicago Tribune)

Things weren’t always so peachy between Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter you know. (Working The Corners)

Joffrey Lupul is being called a C-word lately in Toronto: Consistent. (TSN)

Hey, guess what stinks out loud lately? If you said the Blues power play you’d win the prize of self-satisfaction knowing you were right. (Post-Dispatch)

The Bruins got caught off guard by the Panthers when they last met. Joe Haggerty says that won’t be happening again. (

Mike Commodore played his first plus-rated game in over a year last night. Detroit still lost, however. (Red Wings)

Finally, Niklas Kronwall is bringing hitting with your back in as the new thing. Just ask Tim Jackman. (Backhand Shelf)