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PHT Morning Skate: Crosby, MacKinnon donate 2015 Worlds checks to hometown youth hockey

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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.

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon gave their winnings from the 2015 IIHF World Championship to promote youth hockey in their home of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. They were both members of Canada’s gold medal winning team. (NHL.com)

Sun Devil Athletics are teaming up with the Arizona Coyotes to bring college games to Gila River Arena. (Coyotes.nhl.com)

Examining Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek’s contracts. (CSN Philly)

Devin Slawson sees Edmonton, Washington, and Columbus as three teams that have the potential to take a big leap forward this season. (The Hockey Writers)

Speaking of the Oilers, here’s a look at what Connor McDavid means to the franchise in the short and long-term. (CBS Sports)

Patrick Sharp sees similarities between the Dallas Stars and what the Chicago Blackhawks were like when they were on the cusp of breaking out. (Dallas Morning News)

Jets partner with ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers

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The Winnipeg Jets will have a new East Coast Hockey League affiliate for the 2015-16 season.

The club announced it has partnered with the Tulsa Oilers for next season. The Jets were affiliated with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign last season, but Ontario is now the AHL affiliate of the L.A. Kings.

“We are pleased to embark on our new partnership with the Tulsa Oilers,” said Jets’ assistant GM Craig Heisinger. “Tulsa is an organization that shares our level of commitment to success and we look forward to working together to provide our players’ opportunities to further develop themselves on and off the ice.”

The Oilers, who have not had an NHL affiliate since partnering with the Colorado Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters in 2010-11, have a history with Winnipeg. Tulsa served as the Jets’ primary affiliate from 1979-1982.

Jason Christie, who was named the new head coach of the Oilers last Thursday, has strong ties to the Jets organization as well. Christie had two separate stints with the Manitoba Moose during his playing days appearing in 88 games. He was also an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves from 2008-10 under current Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.

Most recently Christie served was the head coach of the Ontario Reign – the Jets’ ECHL affiliate since 2013-14.

“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with the Jets and the Moose,” said Oilers GM Taylor Hall. “Both teams are first-class organizations that share our commitment to winning and not only is this an exciting day for our fans, but it is also an important day for our players who want to continue their development and succeed at the next level.”

In May the Jets announced its new AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, would play at the MTS Centre beginning next season.

Talbot knows he has a ‘great opportunity’ in Edmonton

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Not that anyone expects the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup next season. But at the very least, with Connor McDavid, a new coach in Todd McLellan, and a few other tweaks, there’s pressure for them to be much better.

Cam Talbot will shoulder much of that pressure. The 28-year-old goalie that the Oilers got in a trade with the Rangers is expected to battle Ben Scrivens for the starting job next season. Another goalie, Anders Nilsson, is in the mix, too.

“It’s definitely an exciting time for this organization to get a generational player like everyone’s been saying like Connor,” Talbot said, per NHL.com.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for me here, to be able to come in and work with a good young group of guys and obviously a group that’s headed in the right direction.”

Goaltending was once again a major issue for Edmonton last season, despite the club’s best efforts to fix the problem with Scrivens and Viktor Fasth.

And let’s not forget that Talbot has only started 53 NHL games in his entire career. Though his numbers are impressive in that small sample (.931 save percentage), it’s like Craig MacTavish once said, “I think anyone who tells you they’re sure about the performance of their goaltenders based on a relatively small sample size, is not likely accurate.”

In Talbot’s favor, he’s been able to watch one of the best in the game go about his business.

“Getting to play behind a guy like [Henrik Lundqvist], you learn a lot and you get to see what it takes to be a No. 1 [goalie] in this league,” he said.

PHT Morning Skate: ‘Hawks fan hikes Machu Picchu, meets Jonathan Toews

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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.

Ryan Adorjan has been traveling in Peru for the last three months, during which time he both watched Jonathan Toews win the Stanley Cup on television… then met Jonathan Toews while hiking Machu Picchu. Decent little trip, that. (Oswego Only)

Former Kings, Devils and Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov is eyeing a return to the NHL. (Russia-Hockey.ru)

He hasn’t been asked yet, but Ryan Smyth has contemplated housing Connor McDavid this season in Edmonton. (NHL.com)

The Coyotes have hired Corey Schwab and Jon Elkin as their new goalie coaches. (Fox Sports Arizona)

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon worked the drive-thru window of a Nova Scotia Tim Horton’s on Monday. Insert Ryan O’Reilly joke here. (The Chronicle Herald)

NBC Sports to broadcast 105 NHL games in 2015-16

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They’ve just announced the big list of 105 regular-season NHL games that NBC/NBCSN will be broadcasting in 2015-16.

It all kicks off with an Oct. 7 doubleheader on NBCSN, with the Rangers visiting the Blackhawks followed by the Kings hosting the Sharks.

Games on NBC start with the Thanksgiving Showdown on Friday, Nov. 27, between the Rangers and Bruins.

Other notables include the Winter Classic between the Bruins and Habs on Jan. 1, as well as the only visit Connor McDavid’s Oilers will make to Buffalo to take on Jack Eichel’s Sabres on March 1.

The press release has all the information.

Here’s the full list of games:

Wed., Oct. 7 N.Y. Rangers Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 7 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 8 Minnesota Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 13 Tampa Bay Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 14 Chicago Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 20 Dallas Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 21 Philadelphia Boston NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 27 Tampa Bay St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 28 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 28 Nashville San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 3 Los Angeles St. Louis NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 4 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 10 Buffalo Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11 Montreal Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 17 Minnesota Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 18 Washington Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25 Philadelphia N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25 Chicago San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Fri., Nov 27 N.Y. Rangers Boston NBC 1 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 27 Chicago Anaheim NBCSN 5 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 1 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 1 Pittsburgh San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 2 N.Y. Rangers N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 8 Detroit Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9 Boston Montreal NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9 Pittsburgh Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 15 Colorado Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 16 Pittsburgh Boston NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22 Montreal Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 29 Nashville St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30 N.Y. Rangers Tampa Bay NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30 Philadelphia San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 1 Montreal Boston NBC 1 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 4 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 5 Montreal Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 6 Pittsburgh Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 7 Philadelphia Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 10 New Jersey Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 12 Tampa Bay Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 13 Boston Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 14 Chicago Montreal NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 17 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 18 Pittsburgh St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 19 Chicago Nashville NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 St. Louis Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 Minnesota Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 24 Pittsburgh Washington NBC 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 25 Buffalo N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan 26 Chicago Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan 26 Colorado San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27 Colorado Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 2 Florida Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 3 Detroit Tampa Bay NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4 N.Y. Islanders Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4 Anaheim Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 7 Philadelphia Washington NBC 12 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 9 Dallas Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 10 N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14 Boston Detroit NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 16 Dallas St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 17 Chicago N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 18 Detroit Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21 Pittsburgh Buffalo NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21 Chicago Minnesota NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21 Detroit N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 22 San Jose St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 23 Columbus Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 24 Pittsburgh Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 24 San Jose Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 25 Nashville Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27 Detroit Colorado NBC 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28 Washington Chicago NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28 Tampa Bay Boston NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb 28 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tues., March 1 Edmonton Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 2 Chicago Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 6 St. Louis Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., March 7 Arizona Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tues., March 8 Pittsburgh N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 9 Chicago St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 13 Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 13 Toronto Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 14 Los Angeles Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., March 15 Detroit Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 15 Boston San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., March 16 Philadelphia Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 20 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN 6 p.m.
Sun., March 20 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Mon., March 21 Philadelphia N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 22 Los Angeles Minnesota NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., March 23 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 27 N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 28 Buffalo Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 28 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., March 29 Colorado St. Louis NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., March 30 Washington Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., April 3 Boston Chicago NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 3 St. Louis Colorado NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., April 5 Tampa Bay N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 6 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., April 9 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., April 9 TBD TBD NBCSN TBD