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PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin talks about Team Russia, Olympics

Alex Ovechkin

Washington Capitals captain and left wing, Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, pauses while speaking during a media availability at their NHL hockey practice facility, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Arlington, Va. The Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Rangers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


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 Los Angeles Kings have signed 23-year-old goaltender Martin Jones to a two-year contract. (

Alex Ovechkin doesn’t think the bigger ice surface in the 2014 Winter Olympics will be an advantage for Team Russia. He also talked about the pressure that will be on the Russian players. (CSN Washington)

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn’t putting too much stock in the Oilers’ trio of blowout losses in the Young Stars Classic tournament. Contrast that with Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster’s remarks. (Edmonton Sun)

Tyler Kennedy might get a chance to play alongside Brent Burns and Joe Thornton. Meanwhile, rookie Tomas Hertl might make his NHL debut when the Sharks’ open their season on Oct. 3. (CSN Bay Area)

Here are 10 interesting storylines involving Canadian hockey teams to keep an eye on during training camp. (

If Daniel Cleary does end up signing his reported three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, it will represent a sizable increase over what Detroit offered. (Detroit Free Press)

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