PHT Morning Skate: Toronto Marlies win Calder Cup; Flyers could be interested in Stastny

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• The Arizona Coyotes acquired Hudson Fasching from the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. (

• ‘Yotes GM John Cheyka was pretty busy, as he made a second trade on Thursday evening. He acquired Adam Helewka from the San Jose Sharks. (

• Speaking of the Sabres, the Buffalo News took a deeper look at Phil Housley’s first year as head coach. Let’s just say it didn’t go according to plan, but there were some improvements as the season went on. (Buffalo News)

• It doesn’t sound like the Philadelphia Flyers will take a run at John Tavares or John Carlson in free agency, but Paul Stastny could be an intriguing fit for them . (

• Where are Alex Ovechkin and Ted Leonsis taking the Stanley Cup today? You might be surprised to see how many different locations they’ll be visiting. (RMNB)

• Standardized overtime has been approved by the NCAA rules committee, but other changes, like video review for potential ejections, has also been proposed. (NCAA)

• The Toronto Marlies won their first Calder Cup in franchise history by defeating the Texas Stars in Game 7 on Thursday night. Andreas Johnsson, who had two goals and one assist in Game 7, was named playoff MVP. (Toronto Star)

• The Pittsburgh Tribune takes a look at the depth that the Penguins have on the left side of their defense. Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta and Jamie Oleksiak make up a pretty solid group. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Devante Smith-Pelly won’t be going to the White House, but most players on the Caps roster will make the visit. (Chicago Tribune)

• The Capitals were able to score with regularity during their Stanley Cup run because they managed to make opposing goalies move. (Minneapolis StarTribune)

• Former NHLer Steve Begin turned 40 on Thursday, but before he was able to party, he finished writing exams that would allow him to get his high school diploma. He’s also about to begin his new job as assistant coach of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs. (Montreal Gazette)

• Panthers rookies Henrik Borgstrom and Owen Tippett made their NHL debuts last season, so they’re both hoping to stick with the big club in 2018-19. Both youngsters have a bright future ahead of them. (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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