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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Avs are worried about their free agents getting poached

Florida Panthers v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 18: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche takes a shot against the Florida Panthers at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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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.

Adrian Dater discusses the Avalanche’s host of restricted free agents and the worry about having other teams sign them. It’s like they’re still having flashbacks to when the Rangers tried to steal Joe Sakic away. That said, they should really hurry up and re-sign Erik Johnson already. (All Things Avs)

Sharks owners are meeting with the media today. That sounds... Strange. (Mercury News)

The Flames have quite a few options to work with when they pick at the Draft this Friday. (Sportsnet)

Damien Cox says this year’s draft is one for the scouts. (Toronto Star)

Scott Hartnell for... League’s most improved player? Sure, why not. Related: How is that not already a league award? (Sportsnet)