PHT Morning Skate: Leafs take subway to practice; Pens’ biggest weakness

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• On Wednesday night, legendary broadcaster Bob Cole called his final game in Toronto. (CBC)

• Travis Yost breaks down the interesting facts about the term and structure of Auston Matthews‘ new contract. (TSN)

• The Canadiens’ all-Finnish line of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen has performed really well lately. (Montreal Gazette)

• Now that Mikko Koivu is done for the season, it’s time for the Minnesota Wild to begin their retool. (The Hockey News)

• Even though they traded him away on Wednesday, the Devils should find a way to bring Brian Boyle back during the offseason. (Pucks and Pitchforks)

• The Toronto Maple Leafs took the subway to their outdoor practice on Thursday. (Toronto Star)

• Adam Gretz sheds some light on what might be the Pittsburgh Penguins’ biggest weakness. (Pensburgh)

• Look for Filip Zadina to play a few games with the Detroit Red Wings before the end of the season. (

Kevin Hayes has been a valuable asset for the Rangers this season. Now, they just have to decide whether they should trade him or re-sign him. Check out the advanced stats on this guy! (

• This young family from Belarus got the opportunity to make a special trip to Montreal to watch their favourite team, the Winnipeg Jets, play on the road. (Winnipeg Free Press)

• Rotoworld’s Gus Katsaros looks at the chances of the Montreal Canadiens making the postseason based on some advanced metrics. (Rotoworld)

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