PHT Morning Skate: Coping without Dustin Byfuglien; Pastrnak’s personality

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• The situation revolving around Artemi Panarin‘s contract status makes the Columbus Blue Jackets the most interesting second-half team. (The Hockey News)

• The hype train carrying Jack Hughes has caught the attention of the NHL. (Sporting News)

• Assessing Jim Montgomery’s shortcomings thus far in Dallas. (Defending Big D)

• How to cope without Dustin Byfuglien. (Jets Nation)

• If you think the San Jose Sharks are struggling, try watching them play. (Yahoo)

• PHT’s Adam Gretz assesses the first half of the Pittsburgh Penguins season and then looks ahead. (Pensburgh)

David Pastrnak has all sorts of personality, as the Winter Classic showed. (ESPN)

• Bruins display their own version of the Four Horsemen at the Winter Classic. (

Paul Stastny has arrived in Vegas. Better late than never, as they say. (SinBin.Vegas)

• Superstitions are the bane of sports. The Washington Capitals still love them, however. (NBC Sports Washington)

• Guess that the biggest moment for the New York Islanders was in 2018. (The Sports Daily)

• Like the legal stuff? Here’s a breakdown of the possible effects surrounding the Stanley Cup beer mug lawsuit. (Sports Illustrated)

• They were playing each other, so the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators decided to make a deal. (Canucks Army)

• A look at the possible goalies that the expansion draft could net Seattle. (Sonics Rising)

Jeff Petry has exceeded expectations in Montreal (adding another blow to the Edmonton Oilers). (FanSided)

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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