PHT Morning Skate: Lindros backpedals; Karlsson betting on himself

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• Summer is for pre-season rankings. Here’s every NHL starting goaltender ranked from one to 31. (The Hockey News)

• Eric Lindros recants, clarifies comments about taking body checking out of hockey completely. (The Province)

• It appears the end of the road is coming for Niklas Kronwall. (Sportsnet)

• Another chapter in the saga of Erik Karlsson: If the Sens commit to him, would others commit to the Sens? (Sporting News)

• In moves that won’t make the Oilers better, Edmonton signs Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout contract (The Score)

John Klingberg appears to like new head coach Jim Montgomery. (

• Do the Arizona Coyotes have the best roster in the NHL? (Hockey Buzz)

• Nine ways the injury to Andrej Sekera has changed the Edmonton Oilers’ game plan. (Edmonton Journal)

William Karlsson, scorer of many goals, is betting on himself after signing a one-year extension in Vegas. (Sportsnet)

• It’s the most debated bit in hockey these days: analytics. (The Sports Daily)

• Renaissance in Motor City being led by Dylan Larkin. (The Detroit News)

• Jeff Blashill needs to improve to warrant a contract extension. (Octopus Thrower)

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