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PHT Morning Skate: Seabrook’s a big factor on and off the ice

Brent Seabrook

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.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook might not have a letter on the front of his jersey, but he’s definitely a team leader. (CSN Chicago)

Why the Colorado Avalanche might be right to take a forward over a defenseman with the top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Denver Post)

The Boston Bruins will try to regroup after their defensive shortcomings on Wednesday. (CSN New England)

Rick Bowness, 58, has joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as an associate coach, but he’s still hoping to eventually become a head coach again. (Tampa Bay Times)

Who is sporting the beard of the year? (Puck Daddy)

The Chicago Blackhawks confidence in goaltender Corey Crawford hasn’t been shaken. (CSN Chicago)

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello reiterated that re-signing Patrik Elias is a priority. He’s also hoping to retain the services of David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus. All three forwards are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer. (The Star-Ledger)

Colorado Avalanche goaltending coach Francois Allaire is thrilled to be reunited with Patrick Roy and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Between the three of them, Semyon Varlamov has no shortage of mentors. (Denver Post)