PHT Morning Skate: Oilers wasting McDavid; Couturier’s awesome contract

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• The Edmonton Oilers continue to waste Connor McDavid‘s excellence. (TSN)

• The Hurricanes are close to a playoff spot. Should they be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline? (News & Observer)

• Speaking of the ‘Canes, it looks like they have their first first line center since Eric Staal left the organization. (The Score)

• What’s next for the Kenya Ice Lions hockey team? (ESPN)

• Blues interim head coach Craig Berube is making a case for the Jack Adams Award. (The Hockey News)

• The Golden Knights spent an off-day together on Super Bowl Sunday that could have a major impact on their season. (Sinbin.Vegas)

Sean Couturier might just have the best contract in the NHL. (NBC Sports Philly)

• Spector’s Hockey argues that Mitch Marner is totally worth $11 million per year. (Spector’s Hockey)

• A hockey player in North Carolina collapsed on the ice. Thankfully, one of the fellow players on the ice was a doctor. (NBC News)

Jack Eichel is playing more minutes then he ever has before. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• After hurting his shoulder earlier this season, Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers was back on the ice with his teammates. The ‘Yotes certainly seem to enjoy having him around. (AZ Central)

• Here’s a great interview Tom Dubois, who designed many of the iconic covers of video games boxes. (Puck Junk)

• Find out where Elias Pettersson‘s “PetterZone” is located on the ice. (Vancourier)

Ryan Pulock is starting to flash his offensive upside with the Islanders. (The Sports Daily)

• Andy Hebenton, who passed away last week, managed to play in 630 consecutive NHL games between 1955 and 1964. (Featurd)

• Here’s why you shouldn’t buy counterfeit NHL jerseys. (TXHTHockey)

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