Morning Skate: Thursday, Feb. 14

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Morning Skate: Thursday, Feb. 14

Aaron Ward and Bob McKenzie weigh in on the Matt Cooke skate blade kick that cut the back of Erik Karlssons Achilles tendon. It didnt look like a dirty play, but one has to wonder why Cookes skate was up that high if he didnt have intentions of a slewfoot or something else untoward.

Nick Cotsonika says that the demise of the Detroit Red Wings has been greatly exaggerated, and thats pretty clear watching them find ways to win without some of their familiar faces.

Jarome Iginla has one of his best games of the season after hes called out by a former teammate for looking like he was going through the motions.

Puck Daddy has the five most disappointing teams in the NHL so far this season, and Ill give you one guess which Black and Gold-garbed team isnt among them.

Evander Kane tells the Hockey News that he perceives racism as one of the reasons he gets the reactions that he does for his actions.

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates opines that NHL players shouldnt be taking part in the Olympic games now or ever again.

Scott Burnside has the sights, sounds of quotes from a day spent with the St. Louis Blues hockey club.

So what is really discussed in a players only meeting? The Hockey News takes everybody behind the curtain to find out.

For something completely different: Academy Award travesties over at Grantland.com.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.