PHT Morning Skate: 20 questions for ’18-19; coaches, GMs on hot seat

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• Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for elbowing Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny on Tuesday night. (

• Advanced technology will change the way we analyze the game of hockey in the near future. Player and puck tracking will open our eyes to a whole bunch of new data that we’ve never been able to collect before. (The Score)

• Even though no team put in a waiver claim on Senators forward Zack Smith, he could still be on his way out of Ottawa via trade. Of course, the Sens might have to actually retain salary for that to work. (Ottawa Citizen)

• Canucks forward Loui Eriksson has a lot to prove after a pair of really disappointing years in Vancouver. He’s expected to play on a line with Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson, so there’s a chance he could rack up more points than he has in the last two years. (Sportsnet)

• The 2018-19 regular season will kick off in less than a week, and there’s so many questions that have to be answered heading into this new year. Will the Caps be able to do it all over again? Will the Golden Knights be as good as they were last year? Can anyone score more points than Connor McDavid? (Yard Barker)

• Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, who is armed with a new goalie mask, is hoping to be able to take his game and his team to the next level this season. (

• Ever wonder what each team’s all-time roster would look like? Well, check out this piece from Edit One Nine, as they dive into what each organization’s (past and present) best lineup looks like. (Edit One Nine)

• The Canadian Press looks at the head coaches and general managers that are on the hot seat heading into the season. (Canadian Press)

• ESPN’s hockey roundtable answers different questions about fantasy hockey. (ESPN)

• If you have $12,000 lying around, you can buy a limited edition Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Championship ring. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• Depth down the middle is one of the biggest strengths on the Rangers roster heading into the season. (Blue Seat Blogs)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

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