PHT Morning Skate: Ilya Kovalchuk’s expectations; bagels for John Tavares?

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• Our own Adam Gretz takes a look at what the NHL can expect out of Ilya Kovalchuk‘s return to the league. (Sporting News)

• Better than the money? John Tavares promised a life full of bagels if he re-signs on Long Island. (

• The blockbuster deal that shook up the draft has implications on the Calgary Flames and their salary cap situation. (Flames Nation)

• Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek looks at his favorite under-the-radar picks from the 2018 NHL Draft. (Sportsnet)

• Ilya Kovalchuk’s return to the NHL with the L.A. Kings means the Kings haven’t been able to qualify some of their restricted free agents, including Toby Rieder. (LA Kings Insider)

• Penguins agree to terms with forwards Simon and Sprong on two-year contract. (

• How the USA development program became the world’s best junior hockey pipeline. (The Score)

• An elite American defenseman? Introducing Quinn Hughes, the NHL’s next hot American defense prospect. (Sporting News)

• Five reasons why the trade floodgates in the NHL are set to open. (Sportsnet)

• Lessons learned about the Canadiens’ from the NHL draft. (Montreal Gazette)

John Carlson re-signs with the Caps: What’s next? (ESPN)

• A complete list of those who received qualifying offers in the NHL on Monday. (

• The good, the bad and the ugly of NHL free agency (Featurd)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck