PHT Morning Skate: Players to watch at Olympics; Nash willing to go to Leafs

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• Team USA goalies will be allowed to have the Statue of Liberty on their goalie masks. (ESPN)

• USA hockey fans, this one might hurt. Marie-Philip Poulin breaks down her golden goal from the 2014 Olympics. (Yahoo)

• ESPN gives us a good list of players to watch in the upcoming Olympic tournament. There’s a couple of former great NHLers on this list. (ESPN)

• Team USA hockey players were asked to phone someone (not a family member) who helped them get to where they are today. (USA Hockey)

• According to, Rick Nash is willing to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs. (

• ‘Hawks goalie Corey Crawford was back on the ice with some of his teammates yesterday morning, but the Chicago Sun-Times believes he shouldn’t return to game action until September. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• Speaking of the Blackhawks, they’re definitely in trouble, and Jonathan Toews‘ sudden decline is part of the problem. (Sporting News)

• Does acquiring Ryan McDonagh make sense for the Boston Bruins? (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Be sure to visit and NBC Olympic Talk for full hockey coverage from PyeongChang.

• Even though the Rangers are going into rebuild mode, Glen Sather will be sticking around. (NY Post)

Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec might not be returning home from the Canadiens’ upcoming road trip. (Sportsnet)

• Stars GM Jim Nill like to keep his cards close to the vest when it comes to potential moves. (Defending Big D)

• The Leafs have too many healthy bodies right now, and it might cost them Nikita Soshnikov. (

• A demotion to the fourth line helped get Corey Perry going again. (OC Register)

• Rookie Alexander Kerfoot isn’t in the Calder Trophy discussion, but he’s having an impressive first season. (Fan Rag Sports)

• The NWHL’s third annual All-Star game was pretty entertaining. (Victory Press)

• Ken Morrow talks about the Miracle on Ice team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. (The Sin Bin)

• Hockey players participating in a tournament have been swabbing their cheeks to see if they’re a bone marrow match for a toddler with cancer. (

• Team Canada’s women’s team took down Finland earlier today (NBC Olympics)

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