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PHT Morning Skate: Where Dan Ellis campaigns for a gig via e-mail

Anaheim Ducks v Colorado Avalanche

the Anaheim Ducks the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on March 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.

Doug Pensinger

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.

Dan Ellis drew a ton of Internet snark for venting on Twitter, so he decided to campaign for a backup job with the Vancouver Canucks by e-mailing reporter Ben Kuzma. That’s not quite old school, so maybe we should call it middle school? (Vancouver Province)

A little more on Derek Roy’s off-season surgery. Not exactly the best way to introduce yourself to a brand new team, huh? (Defending Big D)

Fear the Fin calls Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s five-year, $21 million contract extension “about as close to a steal as we’re going to see anymore in the NHL.” Mr. Pickle might not be a household name, but he’s a steady stay-at-home type who sometimes gets lost in the headline-grabbing shuffle in San Jose. (Fear the Fin)

Damian Cristodero insists that B.J. Crombeen “can do more than fight.” He can also play checkers, read books, water paint ... (Tampa Bay Times)

As a fierce Charles Barkley devotee, I object to Charlie Coyle being called “Sir Charles.” At least they’re not handing him the “Round Mound of Rebound,” though. That would be treasonous. (Minnesota Star Tribune)

James van Riemsdyk is embracing the experiment to try him out at center. (

Al Iafrate is apparently drawing attention with his hip checks. He has a lot to live up to in the “skullet” and slap shot categories, by the way. (