PHT Morning Skate: Fans ready for Tavares’ return; Ottawa arena update

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Lou Lamoriello wants Isles fans to be classy, show John Tavares the respect he deserves. (Newsday)

• “Bloodthirsty” mob expected for Tavares’ return to Long Island. (Sportsnet)

• Isles fans don’t want media lectures of how they should respect, treat Tavares. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Eugene Melnyk said alternate options will be explored after arena plans shot down. (Ottawa Sun)

• When it comes to goals above replacement, the Vegas Golden Knights got their cornerStone. (Rotoworld)

• Should Mark Stone get the ‘C’ in Vegas? (Sin.Bin Vegas)

• Unsurprisingly, Erik Karlsson‘s health is becoming quite the concern for the San Jose Sharks. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• The Calgary Flames nearly made a big move the trade deadline. (TSN)

Mats Zuccarello was the New York Rangers. (Gotham Sports Network)

• Speaking of ‘Zuc’, he brought innocence back to hockey. (Blueshirt Banter)

• GM says he did, Jonathan Dahlen said he didn’t — prospect denies demanding trade prior to getting traded on Monday. (Vancouver Courier)

• Flat Stanley given requested ‘adventures’ by Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford. (NHL.com)

• Being a rookie defenseman in the NHL isn’t all that great. (The Hockey News)

• Black women’s love of hockey has evolved into a fan club. (Undefeated)

• A deep dive into who every prospect traded at the deadline fits into their new digs. (Sporting News)

• Q&A with hockey comic creators (Puck Junk)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck