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PHT Morning Skate: Is the Dead Puck Era back?

Florida Panthers v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 18: Kris Versteeg #32 of the Florida Panthers warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Doug Pensinger

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.

When asked if the “Dead Puck Era” is back, Daniel Sedin’s answer was rather chilling: “For sure.” (Montreal Gazette)

The Colorado Avalanche didn’t just lose to the Vancouver Canucks, they also lost Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a “torso ailment.” The only silver lining is that Giguere doesn’t seem too worried about it. (The Denver Post)

Stephen Whyno believes that the turmoil in the Washington Capitals’ net isn’t a good thing. Weird, huh? (The Washington Times)

If Patric Hornqvist misses a significant amount of time with his injury, the Nashville Predators could be in trouble. (The Tennessean)’s Tim Panaccio covers the Philadelphia Flyers’ quest to get their swagger back. (

The Florida Panthers handed Tyson Strachan a one-way contract after he showed that he’s not “uncomfortable” at the NHL level. (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Kris Versteeg hopes to stick with the Panthers after bouncing around the NHL quite a bit following the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory. Considering how great his year has been, I don’t see why the feeling wouldn’t be mutual - unless they hate his hair (pictured). (

Just in case you missed it in the full highlights, here’s another chance to check out Benoit Pouliot dazzling goal.

Brian Boyle drops a “Holy Grail” reference in this Wall Street Journal story about the lack of wisdom when it comes to blocking shots - with your face. Groundbreaking stuff. (WSJ)

A look at Chris Kunitz, “a quiet cog” in what the headline writer claims is “hockey’s top line.” (Associated Press)