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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Kings inspire USC


LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans and his sister Lainy celebrate following the game against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC defeated UCLA 50-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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.

USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley raves about the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup run, particularly the fact that they overcame the odds of being an eighth seed. (OC Register)

Jonathan Toews reflects upon trying to play through a concussion last season during this one-on-one interview. (

More on Wayne Gretzky and the Seattle/Bellevue arena situation. (Bellevue Reporter)

How much of an impact can a healthy Michal Handzus make on the San Jose Sharks? (Fear the Fin)

The Nashville Predators bit the bullet and matched the Shea Weber offer sheet. Will they acquire any additional talent this summer? (On the Forecheck)

Bruce Garrioch breaks out a pretty “Swede” pun regarding Daniel Alfredsson’s retirement decision-making process. (Ottawa Sun)

The Tampa Bay Lightning added Steve Thomas to their coaching staff, although his exact title seems foggy. (St. Petersburg Times)

Five offseason questions that still need to be answered. (