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PHT Morning Skate: Tavares booed in San Jose; Clock ticking in Ottawa

2019 NHL All-Star - Media Day

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 24: John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs speaks with the media during the 2019 NHL All-Star Media Day at the City National Civic Auditorium on January 24, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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• All-star games of old were far from what they are now. (Toronto Sun)

• 10 takeaways from the CHL Prospect Game. (Sportsnet)

• John Tavares, who snubbed the San Jose Sharks this past summer, got booed upon his arrival to the ASG. (Yahoo Sports)

• Ryan Getzlaf says Ducks, winners of just two of their past 16, need to compete more. (

• A different take on the ASG lineups. (Last Word on Hockey)

• The clock is ticking for the Ottawa Senators and their two most-prized possessions, both of whom are UFAs. (Sportsnet)

• What can you realistically expect from a fourth liner? (Pension Plan Puppets)

• Savvy moves and smart management has led to the Montreal Canadiens being much different from this time a year ago. (Montreal Gazette)

• The NHL is using a tech theme to promote the All-Star Game and it’s [phone dials, modem noises]. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• A look at what it would cost to attend the ASG on Saturday. (Enterprise-Record)

• Stylish Bruin David Pastrnak is one of the NHL’s brightest offensive forces. (Boston Globe)

• NHL teams looking to Facebook to connect with fans. (Mobile Syrup)

• Glen Metropolit and the struggle in searching for what’s next after hockey. (The Athletic)

• How Gritty went from local NHL mascot to lucrative phenomenon overnight. (KCBX)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck