PHT Morning Skate: Panarin’s indecision; Ovechkin takes Cup to Red Square

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Does Artemi Panarin want to spend the next 8 years in Columbus? A Q&A with agent Daniel Milstein. (The Athletic)

• Up top, you can see Alex Ovechkin taking the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. You can read more about the Cup’s exploits thus far here.

• Ovechkin also took the Stanley Cup into Red Square in Moscow for fun. (NHL.com)

• It’s that time of the year where a lull in the game of hockey exists while the warm weather takes over. Here are some nine things for Edmonton Oilers fans to read while they hope for a bounce-back season. (Edmonton Journal)

• John Tortorella. He’s controversial, funny, rude, edgy and the one coach in the NHL that’s a must-listen every night if you love the potential for drama. Maybe the NHL needs more Torts? (The Hockey Writers)

• This is great: Quadriplegic artist makes McDavid pictures with a magnifying glass, wood. (NHL.com)

• Power Rankings? Sure, why not. Here’s Sportsnet’s take on who has improved the most this offseason (hint: Tavares). (Sportsnet)

• Coyotes optimistic after Galchenyuk, Grabner additions, the return of OEL and their strong finish to the end of the regular season. (NHL.com)

• Stanley Cup odds for the 2018-19 season? Yeah, they’re starting to trickle in. (The Hockey News)

• Halifax, Truro looking to host 2020 women’s world hockey championship. (The Chronicle Herald)

• Former New York Rangers forward is leading the push for concussion reform in the NHL. (Forever Blueshirts)

• The folks over at FanSided have graded the Vegas Golden Knights’ free agent signings thus far. (FanSided)

• The free agent frenzy might be over, but there’s still talent left unsigned at this point. The Hockey News breaks down the best of the rest. (The Hockey News)

• Lou Lamoriello says he respects John Tavares‘ decision to leave the New York Islanders for the Toronto Maple Leafs after becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1. (NHL.com)


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