Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 1

Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 1
January 1, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks are back on another winning streak and back on top of Joe Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings.

(USA Today Sports)

* The Phoenix Coyotes are poised to terminate the contract of forward Gilbert Brule, who has had a turbulent NHL career after a promising body of work at the junior hockey level.

* The Toronto Maple Leafs could have done better -- and could have done worse -- with the Dion Phaneuf contract. Now there’s a hot sports take.
 
* Jonathan Toews feels that he’s up to the task of captaining Team Canada after his excellent body of work leading the Chicago Blackhawks.

*An interesting look at the greatest Maple Leaf of all-time, Dave Keon, by Rogers Sportsnet in Canada.

* Puck Daddy explains exactly “What’s in for 2014” and “What’s out for 2013” as we ring in the New Year.

* PHT writer Joe Yerdon chronicles Mike Fisher giving the Christmas break credit for his resurgence with the Nashville Predators.
 
*Michael Del Zotto is a healthy scratch for the eighth time this season, and one has to wonder who is going to take him off the Rangers’ hands.

*For something completely different: Grantland.com’s predictions for the year 2014 from their staff.