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PHT Morning Skate: Where we wonder who steps up in place of Claude Giroux

Jaromir Jagr, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell

Philadelphia Flyers’ Jaromir Jagr, left, Danny Briere (48) and Scott Hartnell, right, celebrate a goal by Hartnell during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.,Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)


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.

Philly could stand to use a few people to step their games up with Claude Giroux out for tonight’s Game 5. (

The Devils are using their offense to improve their defense? What kind of trickery is this? (Fire & Ice)

The Capitals aren’t worried about Braden Holtby after their crushing loss in Game 5. (

The Blues sale to Tom Stillman is all but completed. (Post-Dispatch)

As for the potential sale of the Coyotes, not everything looks happy and fun with the financials. (Sportsnet)

The Lightning are all-in on goaltending heading into the NHL draft. (Tampa Tribune)

Is Joel Quenneville a candidate to be the next coach of the Canadiens? (

San Jose Sharks season ticket prices are going up next year. (Working the Corners)

Meanwhile, Todd McLellan deserves a shot at turning things around for the Sharks. (

Will the Ottawa Senators come calling for Dustin Penner in free agency? GM Bryan Murray is a fan. (Ottawa Sun)

Johan Franzen is on fire... In the World Championships for Sweden. The Red Wings are probably asking where this was a few weeks ago. (Detroit Free Press)