PHT Morning Skate: Botterill has Sabres on right track; Karlsson is still dominant

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• With Erik Karlsson likely on the move in the near future, TSN’s Travis Yost explains why the Swedish blueliner is still a dominant force. (TSN)

• Karlsson would instantly make any team better, but it doesn’t sound like Dallas Stars fans are willing to give up Miro Heiskanen, even if it means landing the Sens defenseman. (Defending Big D)

• In his short tenure as Sabres GM, Jason Botterill has done a great job of getting the Sabres back on the right track. (The Hockey News)

• Jaroslav Drobny played 11 seasons in the Czech League between 1938 and 1949, but he was also an incredible tennis player. He played at Wimbledon before World War II. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

• Third overall pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi got off to a rocky starts at Habs development camp last week, but he managed to finish strong. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Former NHL goalie Manny Legace has been hired as the goalie coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets. (

• Not only does Canucks prospect Jett Woo have a cool name, he also plays a style that can make him a fan favourite down the road. (Sportsnet)

• Young Senators fan Jonathan Pitre, who died in April, was honored at the team’s development camp in a very special way. The Sens decided to hand out an award in his honor to the player(s) that work the hardest during the camp. (Ottawa Citizen)

• After missing the playoffs in 2018, it’s interesting to see that ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman didn’t approach the offseason with a little more urgency. (Chicago Tribune)

• The New York Islanders hired Lane Lambert to be Barry Trotz’s assistant coach. Lambert worked with Trotz in both Nashville and Washington. (Newsday)

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