PHT Morning Skate: An interstellar Panthers fan

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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.

You may find it hard to believe, but Daniel Winnik has been the Toronto Maple Leafs’ leading scorer at even-strength since Peter Horachek took over with 10 points. Great find by the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle. (Mirtle’s Tweet)

Should the New York Islanders be thankful that Thomas Vanek opted against sticking around because they’re moving to Brooklyn? Adam Proteau says yes. (The Hockey News)

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A hockey historian makes an argument that retired NBA great Steve Nash is Canada’s greatest athlete, not a hockey player. See if you can read this in seven seconds or less. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Hope you have your hockey/Florida Panthers + space travel puns ready. (Note: some in the comments believe he might actually be a Tampa Bay Lightning fan …)

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts are always worth absorbing and considering. (Sportsnet)