PHT Morning Skate: Tavares ready for Long Island return; Hurricanes want outdoor game

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John Tavares is going back to New York for the first time since signing with the Maple Leafs. “I really embraced being an Islander. I loved it. It was a great place to play. I never didn’t enjoy my time there even when times weren’t going well.” (TSN)

• No matter what Tavares says about going back to Long Island, some of these fans will never forgive him. Check out these #DearJohn messages. (Long Island News)

• No one should be concerned about the Flames’ lack of movement at the trade deadline. (The Hockey News)

• The Carolina Hurricanes continue to make a push to host an outdoor game. (The Score)

• It’s Black History Month, so took this opportunity to write about Shandor Alphonso, who is the second black official in the league. (

• Even though he hasn’t scored many goals for St. Cloud State this season, Canadiens first-rounder Ryan Poehling has a bright future ahead of him. (

• There’s nothing wrong with what the Tampa Bay Lightning did at the trade deadline. (Raw Charge)

• Which team holds the most draft picks after the NHL trade deadline? (Sportsnet)

• The Sabres are hoping that the addition of Brandon Montour will take them to another level. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• How is that playoff race in the West shaping up now that the deadline has come and gone. (Canucks Army)

Ryan Reaves knows exactly how Mark Stone felt on trade deadline day. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• The AHL team in Tucson has helped grow the game at the youth levels. (Tucson Roadrunners)

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