Morning Skate: Tuesday, Sept. 25

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Sept. 25

Thank goodness we have Ken Campbell from the Hockey News to stick up to all the people being very mean to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. He's Bettman's knight in shining armor.

Mike Zeisberger has details of the informal discussion between the NHL and NHLPA to tie up the loose ends from last season. Perhaps its a small first step toward the two sides speaking again, or perhaps its really nothing at all.

David Clarkson is beginning to consider Europe as a possible alternative along with many of his NHL brethren.

The Schenn Brothers Act is currently on hold for Philadelphia while the NHL handles this whole lockout thing.

Boston College and Minnesota top the preseason college hockey poll as hockey lovers and the NBC Sports Network turn their lonely eyes toward the NCAA.

Jesse Spector wonders if advertising on uniforms could play a small part in hockey returning to the NHL. Some ads might be fun, but lets not turn the uniforms into the complete mess of logos that players are wearing in Switzerland.

Jim Slater is paying for his condo in Winnipeg, so he said what the heck and might as well live in the Peg for a little while.

For something completely different: Charlie Pierce wondered if Sunday nights Patriots game would be the breaking point for the replacement refs in the NFL. Oh, Charlie if you could only have foreseen the next 24 hours.

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.