PHT Morning Skate: Nash’s future; Matthews’ personality on display

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• Rick Nash is waiting for his concussion symptoms to go away before he makes a decision on his playing future. (The Athletic)

• Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has been placed on injured reserve. He’s considered week-to-week at this point. Injuries have been piling up for the Kings. (LA Kings Insider)

• The Toronto Maple Leafs will be hosting the first annual “Leafs Gaming Day”. That’s right, you could play NHL 19 or Fortnite against a Toronto Maple Leafs player. (

• The UK’s Sheffield Steelers will hire Tom Barrasso to be their next head coach. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

• Blues fans should be worried about their team for a few reasons, but the biggest one is their defense core that hasn’t been playing well at all. (Bleedin’ Blue)

• Blue Seat Blogs breaks down Rangers head coach David Quinn’s defensive system. (Blue Seat Blogs)

Travis Zajac isn’t the flashiest player in the league, but he’s an important part of the New Jersey Devils roster. (Pucks and Pitchforks)

• Humboldt Broncos players and their family and friends are urging people not to purchase the new book that was recently written about the 2017-18 team. (Global)

• The ECHL announced that they will be having super hero nights throughout the 2018-19 regular season. (

• Jordin Tootoo was more than happy to talk about the ups and downs he went through during his 13 NHL seasons. (

• ESPN hockey writers had a roundtable about the Nashville Predators. Will they win the conference? Where will Pekka Rinne end up next year? (ESPN)

• Leafs forward Auston Matthews has been way more comfortable showing off his personality this year. (

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