Morning Skate: Friday, June 22

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Morning Skate: Friday, June 22

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have the story of St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock attributing Chris Stewarts down year to lack of physical fitness. That would explain the pay cut he took this year.

Some of the hot rumors from the NHL Awards and NHL Draft as the last big weekend of the year gets going for the National Hockey League.

Pierre Lebrun says that the trade talk is heating up with NHL Draft weekend ready to get going.

Heres an Ottawa Senators blog justifying the Erik Karlsson Norris Trophy victory. Great offensive player, but Im still not buying it.

Elliotte Friedmans always great 30 thoughts plus some chatter about the potential Rick Nash suitors.

Justin Bourne adds some of his thoughts about Elliottes 30 thoughts. Thats a lot of thinking.

Some interesting news about Paul Martin potentially taking part in the Stanley Cup playoffs despite a concussion that went untreated.

For something completely different: Some really interesting thoughtsobservations from SI.com court reporter Michael McCann about the Penn StateJerry Sandusky trial.