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PHT Morning Skate: Where Scott Gomez can feel good again

Eric Tangradi, Scott Gomez

In this photo made with a fisheye lens, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Eric Tangradi (25) collides with Montreal Canadiens’ Scott Gomez (11) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


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.

Try to stifle your laughter for a moment as Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out argues that the Montreal Canadiens have been better since Scott Gomez returned to the fold on Jan. 14. (Habs Inside/Out)

Could Mason Raymond be on the trading block for the Vancouver Canucks? (Vancouver Province)

Looks like that “Mark Bell actually being back in the NHL experiment” is over as the Anaheim Ducks sent him back to the minors. (Ducks blog)

CSNNE pegs the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers as the “teams to beat” in the East. (CSNNE)

Barry Trotz thinks this season’s Nashville Predators team might just be “special.” Going toe-to-toe with the Central Division’s top teams is a pretty nice feather in their caps. (The Tennessean.)

Katie Bakes on who might be the NHL’s “most reviled” player now that Sean Avery is out of the mix, plus equating Zdeno Chara to Dolph Lundgren. (Grantland)

Jamie Benn shares his excitement for reaching the All-Star Game for the first time in his NHL career. (

Will the Prudential Center attract an All-Star Game to an unlikely locale in Newark, New Jersey? (In Lou We Trust)

Finally, enjoy a two-part interview between Gary Bettman and NHL Network.

Part I:

Part II: