PHT Morning Skate: Malkin’s ‘weird’ season; trade deadline chatter

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• A look at Evgeni Malkin’s ‘weird’ season. [Pensburgh]

• Whether Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky stay or go, Cam Atkinson is confident the Columbus Blue Jackets have what it takes to contend. []

• Why the Ottawa Senators should actually be buyers at the NHL trade deadline. [TSN]

• The New York Rangers could be in the final days of having Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes on the roster. [New York Post]

• Hayes should be someone the Winnipeg Jets ought to target. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• If the Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t going to go big at the trade deadline, they might as well just stay quiet. [Raw Charge]

• How will the contributions of the San Jose Sharks’ depth affect GM Doug Wilson’s trade deadline plans? [NBC Bay Area]

• Why Wayne Simmonds doesn’t fit as an ideal trade target for the Dallas Stars. [Defending Big D]

• Examining whether the Philadelphia Flyers should trade Shayne Gostisbehere. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Would Gustav Nyquist be a good fit for the Washington Capitals? [NBC Washington]

• A look at future options in goal for the Florida Panthers. [Panther Parkway]

Shea Weber has settled in nicely with the Montreal Canadiens. [Sportsnet]

• How Elias Pettersson took over Vancouver in his rookie season. [ESPN]

Anthony Bitetto taking advantage of his opportunity with the Minnesota Wild. [Pioneer Press]

• The Colorado Avalanche are in need of a reset. [Mile High Sticking]

• Meanwhile, overtimes have been a huge problem for the Avs this season. [Denver Post]

• Despite adding responsibility, Will Butcher has been handling it well for the New Jersey Devils. [All About the Jersey]

• Finally, NHLers hand out some advice on this Valentine’s Day:


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