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PHT Morning Skate: Orpik signing not popular with NHL Network analysts

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Brooks Orpik

Kirk Irwin

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.

NHL Network analysts Kelly Chase, Craig Button, and Mike Johnson were united in their opinion that Brooks Orpik was the worst free agent signing made on July 1. Washington inked him to a five-year, $27.5 million contract. (Washington Post)

Provided he’s willing to spend another season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it might not be a bad idea for them to keep James Reimer. (The Globe and Mail)

What does Ryan Miller need to do to survive in the Canucks’ market? (Canucks Army)

Johnny Oduya’s agent said the Blackhawks aren’t talking about trading his client. Chicago needs to shed some salary before the season starts to get under the cap. (ESPN)

The days of strong unrestricted free agent classes are a thing of the past. (Toronto Sun)

With the dust settling on the unrestricted free agent market, the Avalanche are shifting their attention to re-signing Ryan O’Reilly. (Denver Post)

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