PHT Morning Skate: NHL 100 Classic prep begins; octopus tosser fined

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• The Winter Classic isn’t the first outdoor game on the NHL’s 2017-18 calendar. On Dec. 16 the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens will meet at TD Place in the NHL 100 Classic. The league begins building the rink today. [Ottawa Sun]

• Meanwhile, the Senators are also in the news due to recent rumors of a sale. [CTV]

• In other NHL team sale news, the Carolina Hurricanes are still looking for a buyer after Chuck Greenberg’s effort appear to have stalled. There are reportedly three parties interested. [News & Observer]

• Brandon Prust looks to be done with playing and has joined the OHL’s London Knights as a coach. [London Free Press]

• New York Islanders super rookie Mathew Barzal is adjusting to life living with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. [Islanders]

• What should the Boston Bruins do with Matt Beleskey? [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

• There are plenty of big names on the Vancouver Canucks’ roster, but the results aren’t quite coming on a consistent basis. [Trentonian]

• Former NHL tough guy Riley Cote wants to the NHL be a little more open-minded when it comes to players using cannabis. [Sportsnet]

• A Detroit Red Wings fan was fined $225 after being caught tossing a dead octopus on to the ice during opening night at Little Caesar’s Arena. He wasn’t banned from the rink but says he’ll stay away for a year. [Windsor Star]

• It’s the end of the line for the relationship between the Nashville Predators and Norfolk Admirals. [The Sin Bin]

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Sean Leahy is a writer forPro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line atphtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.