PHT Morning Skate: Price’s pressure; Torts not buying distraction talk

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• John Tortorella believes contract uncertainty for his starting goalie and one of his star players won’t be a distraction. (

• There are some big names left in the restricted free agent pool. What could they fetch? (Toronto Sun)

• Sportsnet did their Top 100 players heading into the 2018-19 season. Here’s the best of the rest that didn’t make the list. (Sportsnet)

• A story on how the Philadelphia Flyers could win the Stanley Cup, and why they won’t. (Featurd)

• The countdown is on in Seattle. (Sonics Rising)

• It’s the bane of the San Jose Sharks’ existence — the third round of the NHL Draft. (The Hockey Writers)

• A new season of betting odds are here and the Edmonton Oilers are not a favorite to make the playoffs. (Edmonton Journal)

• There’s a lot resting on the shoulders of Carey Price. (Montreal Gazette)

Quick video break for this insanity:

Roberto Luongo wants to be the man to lead the Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup. (

• Alexei Emelin is headed to the KHL. (Last Word on Hockey)

Max Pacioretty needs to tune out the distractions if he’s to regain his form this coming season in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

Up top, Brent Seabrook was at Notre Dame on Saturday, the site of the 2019 Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

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

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