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PHT Morning Skate: Ekholm is a bargain; Laine’s struggles

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com. • Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm is one of the bigger bargains in the NHL. (The Hockey News) • There’s a bigger hockey fan base in Alabama than you might realize. (ESPN) • New team, same Barry Trotz. The Islanders head coach might just be the front-runner for the Jack Adams Award at the midway point of the season. (NHL.com) • It’s only a matter of time before the New York Rangers will have to make some big decisions regarding veteran players. (New York Post) • Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella believes Martin St. Louis would be an excellent coach. (Tampa Time ...