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PHT Morning Skate: Sens’ arena issues; J.J. Watt wants NHL in Houston

The Philadelphia Flyers are in a period of transition with a young goalie who just made his NHL debut on Tuesday and a vacant coaching job up for grabs.

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• The Carolina Hurricanes are getting ready for Sunday’s Whalers Night where they will be bring back Hartford’s glorious green jerseys. Also, Pucky the Whale will be in attendance! [Hurricanes]

• The Ottawa Senators arena drama continues: “The NCC announced Wednesday it is cutting loose RendezVous LeBreton after Eugene Melnyk of the Ottawa Senators and John Ruddy of Trinity Developments, sued each other over the demise of their consortium.” [Ottawa Citizen]

• “The Hockey Hall of Fame has placed on permanent display the recently retired Stanley Cup band featuring 12 past Stanley Cup champions from 1954 through to 1965.” [Hockey Hall of Fame]

• Get to know The Angry Beaver, Seattle’s “only hockey bar.” []

• Count J.J. Watt of the Texans among those who want to see the NHL put a team in Houston. [Houston Chronicle]

• A great read about life as the “inside the glass” TV analyst. [The Score]

• On the NHL needing to do a better job of protecting its star players. [Yahoo]

• Get to know the man with one of the best names and beards in hockey: Colton Saucerman. [ESPN]

• After Pascal Dupuis hinted at a rift between Mike Sullivan and Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins head coach fired back, calling the former forward’s comments “very irresponsible.” Dupuis later clarified his comments. [Post-Gazette]

• Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery sees a little Scott Niedermayer in rookie Miro Heiskanen’s game. [Dallas Morning News]

• It’s only a matter of time before William Nylander’s offensive game returns. [Leafs Nation]

• A good look at the breakout season for Timo Meier of the San Jose Sharks. [Fear the Fin]

• Time for Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Anthony Cirelli to get a little more love. [Raw Charge]

• The New York Rangers could really use a big-time goal scorer. [Blueline Station]

• How will the New Jersey Devils find more success in overtime? Less Sami Vatanen. [All About the Jersey]

• A healthy Ryan Suter means heavy minutes for the Minnesota Wild defenseman. [Star Tribune]

• The AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals will be wearing Brewers-inspired jerseys for their games on March 8th and 9th. [MLB]

• A look at what’s said in those post-whistle scrums. [Japers’ Rink]

• Finally, here’s a look at some of the top NHL saves in 2018: