Pre-game reading: On Craig Cunningham, one of the good guys in the game

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This is a new feature on PHT. It’s like the Morning Skate, only not in the morning. 

Craig Cunningham is in stable but critical condition after suffering an apparent heart attack just prior to an AHL game on Saturday. The 26-year-old is a very popular player, and for many good reasons. One example: During Cunningham’s junior career in Vancouver, he visited the team’s beat writer in hospital, and that writer will never forget it. (The Province)

Martin Brodeur is learning the business of management with the St. Louis Blues. It’s not always glamorous, but he’s having fun while “getting to understand the behind-the-scenes of what it takes to put a team on the ice.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Why is the NHL expanding to Las Vegas when there are still problem franchises in Carolina, Arizona, Brooklyn, and Florida? The answer is money, but Scott Stinson wonders if it’s such a good idea. (National Post)

Larry Brooks takes the boots to the New York Islanders. “The season is young enough it cannot yet be considered a write-off. But the clock is ticking. It is ticking on Capuano, on Snow and on the Islanders.” (New York Post)

On the importance of the back-up goalie. There are a few NHL general managers who should read this. (Sports Illustrated)

Alex Burrows isn’t the most popular player in the NHL, but the 35-year-old is playing well in the final year of his contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Might there be interest at the trade deadline? (Vancouver Sun)

Niklas Hjalmarsson says he’s “playing like it’s my last contract.” But he’s actually signed through 2018-19, so don’t worry, Blackhawks fans, he’ll be around a while longer, “taking away shooting lanes, blocking shots” and doing his thing. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Yeah, the Wild are having some trouble scoring.

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