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San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Four

DETROIT - MAY 6: Kris Draper #33 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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.

When it became clear that the San Jose Sharks were likely to add Brad Stuart to the defensive mix, I thought “Wow, this would work especially well if he ended up being an overqualified depth guy.” Stuart has his flaws but deeper in the lineup, he’s a killer choice. Apparently Stuart’s arrival could make bruising defenseman Douglas Murray the odd man out, so Fear the Fin ponders the possibility of a Murray trade on draft day. (Fear the Fin)

Hey, look: Kris Draper’s on Twitter now. I have a bold prediction: he won’t promote Claude Lemieux on “Follow Friday.” (George Malik)

Good stuff from a glance at the best players to be taken at each draft pick. Yup, that includes choices 1-30. (

Assessing the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ongoing search for a new goalie. (Raw Charge)

The Washington Capitals seem primed to have a nice chunk of salary cap space this summer. (

David Quinn’s hire as an assistant coach seems like good news for everyone related to the Colorado Avalanche franchise except bench boss Joe Sacco. (All Things Avs)

A year removed from winning a Stanley Cup of his own, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli explains that watching the Kings raise up the chalice only brings back great memories. (

Will new assistant Perry Pearn be able to improve the Winnipeg Jets’ power play? (Behind the Net)