PHT Morning Skate: Brodin undergoes surgery; Kapanen ready to stick with Leafs

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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.

• Up top, check out the highlights from last night’s tilt between the Rangers and Bruins.

• The Minnesota Wild are going to be without Jonas Brodin for three to four weeks. (NHL.com/Wild)

• ESPN W did a Q & A with Team USA women’s players Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan and Kendall Coyne. (ESPN W)

• Speaking of the American women, here’s a look back at the last gold medal they won at the Olympics which came 20 years ago. (NBC Olympics)

• South Korea’s hockey team really is excited to about teaming up with North Korea. (Yahoo)

• The Islanders have a lot of players that can put the puck in the net. The problem is that they also give up a ton of shots and scoring opportunities in the process. (Sporting News)

• It sounds like Joffrey Lupul‘s career is over, and he seems fine with that decision. (Sportsnet)

• Here’s a bold prediction: The Avs will win the Stanley Cup by 2023. (Mile High Hockey)

Anders Nilsson was named “Hetero of the Year” in Sweden. (Daily Hive)

• Everyone’s favorite to win the Selke Trophy is Patrice Bergeron, but Radek Faksa deserves to be in the conversation. (Defending Big D)

Ryan Miller has been experiencing the challenges of being away from his young children lately. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• 42 years after he scored 10 points in a game, Darryl Sittler’s jersey from that historic outing has been found. (TSN.ca)

• Kasperi Kapenen has shown that he can keep up at the NHL level. (Elite Prospects)

• How important is Roman Polak to the Leafs’ penalty kill? (faceoffcircle.ca)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.