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PHT Morning Skate: Lamoriello is Reverend Killjoy

New Jersey Devils Name New Head Coach

NEWARK, NJ - JULY 19: President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils addresses the media after introducing Peter DeBoer (not pictured) as the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils at a press conference on July 19, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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 Devils have been substantially better at the beginning of this season, but Lou Lamoriello isn’t ready to give the love yet: “But right now you don’t compete against your opponents. You compete against yourself. This team is still coming together. We’re a work in progress.” What a killjoy. (Star-Ledger)

It’s time to be real: Anze Kopitar is one of the best centers in the NHL. (LA Kings Insider)

Nothing is wrong with Alex Ovechkin. So says Alex Ovechkin… and everyone else on the Caps (QMI Agency)

That Mike Gillis guy in Vancouver is pretty good at GMing. (Canucks Army)

Great article dissecting Phil Kessel, his personality, and trying to play in hockey-crazed Toronto. (Yahoo)

Who knew that the Rangers would be able to ride a seven-game winning streak on the backs of their defensemen… without Marc Staal (Slap Shot blog)

Speaking of defense, this just in: blocking shots is a tough job in the NHL. (Star Tribune)

It’s almost unbelievable to ask this question after the way they started the season, but could the Sens be looking to add players to make a run for the playoffs? (Ottawa Citizen)

Finally, check out this hit that puts Marc Fistric halfway into the penalty box. Next thing we know, someone will say the doors are too dangerous and need to be rounded off too. (NHL)