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PHT Morning Skate: Where we look at realignment

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Has New Jersey Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg turned a corner? (The Bergen Record)

A number of hyped rookies like Chris Kreider, Sven Baertschi, Mikael Granlund are back in the minors, but it might be better for them in the long run. (Calgary Sun)

Enforcer Matt Kassian might make his Ottawa Senators debut on Saturday. Ottawa acquired him from Minnesota on Tuesday. (Ottawa Citizen)

With the realignment plan official, the Chicago Blackhawks will be losing the Detroit Red Wings as a division rival, but they’ll enjoy home-and-home series against their fellow Original Six members every season. (CSN Chicago)

The Nashville Predators will also lose the Red Wings as a division rival, but they voted in favor of this plan. Predators COO Jeff Cogen pointed out that the Predators will gain the Minnesota Wild as a division rival, which will make for plenty of Ryan Suter vs Shea Weber matches. (The Tennessean)

Meanwhile we can think of at least one team that should be very, very happy that the realignment plan is official. (Winnipeg Sun)

If the Edmonton Oilers are going to make the playoffs, it will be by doing a better job at home. (Edmonton Sun)

What has been holding the Detroit Red Wings back this season? (Detroit Free Press)

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.