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PHT Morning Skate: Weber ready for camp; Marchand deserves to be in Hart Trophy mix

2018 NHL All-Star - Portraits

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins poses for a portrait during the 2018 NHL All-Star at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• Good news if you’re a fan of the Habs, as Shea Weber (foot) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. (

• Brad Marchand should be in the Hart Trophy conversation, but don’t expect him to be in the mix when it’s all said and done. (Bruins Daily)

• On Sunday night, Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine was cut open by a Roman Josi high stick. He suffered a pretty nasty gash on his face, but all he cared about was making sure his beard was intact. (Winnipeg Sun)

• Most of the Original Six teams have been pretty bad throughout this season. (Sports Illustrated)

• St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko is leaving his current job to become the head coach of the University of Minnesota. (College Hockey News)

• This news marketing producer was pretty excited about leaving a deposit for Seattle hockey season tickets. (

• Here’s an awesome article about how certain hockey players became Christians and how it helped them throughout their careers. (The Sin Bin)

• A lot has gone wrong for the Blue Jackets this season, but they’ve managed to overcome a lot of adversity. (The Cannon)

• Are the Golden Knights embarrassing the NHL as a whole? You shouldn’t be able to make a team from scratch and be competitive in year one, argues this Faxes from Uncle Dale writer.

• Matt Cullen, who is the Wild’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy this year, takes great pride in the charity work he’s done throughout his career. (Pioneer Press)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.