PHT Morning Skate: Trotz deserves extension; MacLellan vs. McPhee

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• What if Marc-Andre Fleury (not Pittsburgh) is actually Washington’s postseason curse? (Puck Prose)

• Caps GM Brian MacLellan admitted that it’s a little awkward to go up against the team’s former architect, George McPhee. They’ve known each other for a very long time. (NBC Sports Washington)

• No matter what happens in the Stanley Cup Final, Caps head coach Barry Trotz deserves a contract extension. (Nova Caps Fans)

• It sounds like the Golden Knights are finally getting closer to trademarking their team name and logo with the U.S. Patent & Trademark office. (ESPN)

• Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman and D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser have made a friendly wager ahead of the Stanley Cup Final. The bet includes a gift basket. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• The Golden Knights don’t necessarily have a number one defenseman, but teams might start copying their “balanced” group of defensemen. (SinBin.Vegas)

Phil Kessel is reportedly on the trade block in Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

• Rasmus Dahlin hasn’t played a game in the NHL yet, but he’s already being compared to Erik Karlsson and Nicklas Lidstrom. (NHL.com)

• The Acadie-Bathurst Titan defeated the Regina Pats in Sunday’s Memorial Cup Final. (Canadian Press)

• The SPHL’s Macon Mayhem hired Leo Thomas to be their next head coach. He’s currently the only black head coach in hockey anywhere in North American. (The Sin Bin)

• The Victory Press breaks down the upcoming NWHL free-agent period. (Victory Press)

• The Red Wings’ long run of success has caught up to them. Not only is their roster lacking, they also don’t have a top notch prospect in the system that can turn their team’s fortunes around. (Elite Prospects)

• Jimmy Fallon’s superlatives are always hilarious:

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.

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