PHT Morning Skate: Barkov a superstar?; New Sedins?


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• The Columbus Blue Jackets are bringing back their cannon jerseys next season. All is well in the world. (

• He won the Hart, but Taylor Hall would rather have a shorter summer. (NHLPA)

• How much longer are we going to ignore restricted free agency? (Die By The Blade)

• Interim CWHL commissioner Jayna Hefford eyes a unified women’s hockey league. (The Canadian Press)

• Amanda Kessel set to play in an NWHL game in December at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh. (

• Sticking with the NWHL and in the month of December, the Buffalo Beauts and the Buffalo Sabres will play a doubleheader at KeyBank Center on Dec. 29. (Buffalo News)

• Do the Carolina Hurricanes have depth issues at center? (Section 328)

• Two years from now, if Seattle has a hockey team and there’s an expansion draft, the Philadelphia Flyers are going to have some difficult decisions to make. (Broad Street Hockey)

• Fairly unliked pest Antoine Roussel should quickly become a fan favorite in Vancouver. (Vancouver Courier)

• The new Sedins? The Vancouver Canucks may have them in Elias Pettersson and Jonathan Dahlén. (Elite Prospects)

• The AHL has proven to be kind to the Boston Bruins in recent years. (Black n’ Gold Podcast)

• A look at the unrestricted free agent class of 2019. (Rotoworld)

• It’s time to consider Aleksander Barkov as a superstar in the NHL. (The Rat Trick)

• The lawyer representing a group of ex-NHLers says they won’t be appealing a judge’s decision in their concussion lawsuit against the league. (

• A look at the best and worst contracts for all 31 NHL teams. (Sporting News)

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