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PHT Morning Skate: Trotz admits Caps have ‘taken some heat’ for Orpik deal

Barry Trotz

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz answers questions at a news conference Monday, April 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators announced earlier in the day that Trotz’s contract won’t be extended and they will begin looking for a new head coach. Trotz is the only head coach the NHL hockey team has had. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look at the world of hockey to see what’s happening, and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL and beyond.

Barry Trotz loves the Brooks Orpik signing, but acknowledges new Caps GM Brian MacLellan has “taken some heat” for the five-year, $27.5 million deal. (CSN Washington)

The Panthers have invited a pair of Florida-bred players to their prospects camp (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Czech winger Jiri Sekac signed a two-way UFA deal with Montreal this year over a number of other suitors. Now, he’s looking to crack the Habs’ roster this fall. (

Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh has been named the new head coach of Canada’s women’s national team. (Ithaca Voice)

Curtis Lazar, Ottawa’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, was named hardest worker at Sens prospect camp. (Ottawa Citizen)

Brad Richards, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett are gone. Did the Rangers lose too much depth? (SB Nation)