PHT Morning Skate: Ellis on extension; Oilers questions post-Sekera injury

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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.

• Meet Beacon, the new mascot for the ECHL’s Maine Mariners. It’s jacked. [Mariners]

Ryan Ellis on leaving some money on the table after signing his eight-year, $50 million extension with the Nashville Predators: “For me it was a no brainer. I think a lot of guys are going to follow suit, and hopefully if everything works out we’ll keep this thing together and keep going in the right direction for many years.” [Tennessean]

• “An interim payment of $50,000 will be paid out to each of the survivors and families of the 29 people affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus collision. A Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench judge agreed Wednesday that $1.45 million could be spent on the payments.” [CBC]

Andrej Sekera’s achilles injury leaves plenty of questions going forward for both the player and the Edmonton Oilers. [Sportsnet]

• Speaking of questions, what’s the future look like in goal for the Detroit Red Wings? [Detroit News]

• Former NHLer Darryl Sydor on his life after the NHL and battling alcohol problems. [CFJC Today]

• Is Zdeno Chara still the Boston Bruins’ No. 1 defenseman? [WEEI]

• How long can Stars coach Jim Montgomery keep the top line together? [Dallas Morning News]

• Herb Brooks’ biggest regret? Never getting the chance to coach Mario Lemieux. [Post-Gazette]

• Where exactly will this Vancouver Canucks rebuild go? [The Province]

• Extension talks with Brock Boeser are about to get under way. [TSN]

• “Career years are, by definition, uncommon. There is a large number of Capitals claiming them in 2017-2018. One thing to watch for as the 2018-2019 season unfolds is whether the ‘uncommon’ becomes ‘common’ for these players. If it does, it will go a long way to giving the Caps a chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champion.” [Japers’ Rink]

• A good look at what this current New York Rangers rebuild looks like and when it began. [Blueshirt Banter]

• Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma are heading to Switzerland to play for Geneve-Servette HC. [Swiss Hockey News]

• It’s quiet out there in free agency and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore is one those players who still needs a new contract. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Finally, there’s 48 days until opening night. Let’s take a look at the Washington Capitals clinching in Game 5:

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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