Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 29
January 29, 2014, 2:15 pm

* Bruce Arthur pens a column wondering whether Steven Stamkos can heal soon enough to be in the mix for Team Canada in Sochi. I still think it’s foolhardy to rush the Lightning superstar back into elite competition, but I’m pretty sure Steve Yzerman won’t be consulting me on the decision.

* The TSN Insider Trading segment discusses potential Olympic replacements for Steve Stamkos if he can’t go.

* Here's a fun piece by the New England Hockey Journal taking a look at some classic publicity photos of the Boston Bruins over the years.

* The NHL has an Olympic contingency plan in effect if things get dicey in Sochi, but the Chicago Blackhawks players don’t sound all too concerned.

* Mike Halford has some quotes from Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon that the Panthers have no intention of trading Tim Thomas at the deadline.
 
* Speaking of Tim Thomas, Kerry Fraser thinks that the Florida goaltender deserved a match penalty for his stick swing on Carl Soderberg at the end of Tuesday night’s game in Boston.

* For something completely different: Some amazing “coming home” moments for soldiers and their families.