PHT Morning Skate: Giordano not slowing down; How Tavares almost re-signed with Isles

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• Check out Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts blog. In this week’s edition, Friedman explains how the Golden Knights won the Mark Stone bidding war. (Sportsnet)

• Pierre Dorion understands that Sens fans are frustrated by the current situation the team is in. “We’re in a society of ‘Show us the now’ and ‘Show us the results’. It’s understandable because some of the better players have just left our team and we understand that a lot of fans are angry and bitter.” (Ottawa Sun)

• Find out how the Dallas Stars’ media team is keeping fans entertained during games. (Market Scale)

• Willie O’Ree was honored at the Canadian embassy during Black History Month. They also want to give him a congressional gold medal. (

• Larry Brooks shares the untold story about how John Tavares almost re-signed with the New York Islanders. (New York Post)

Erik Karlsson will miss the rest of the week due to injury. The Sharks are awaiting his test results to see how long he’ll be out. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• How should the Flames draw up their defense pairings? There’s no simple answer to the question. (Flames Nation)

• PHT’s Adam Gretz explains that Jared McCann has stood out more than anybody involved in the trade between the Pens and Panthers last month. (Pensburgh)

• The Capitals are happy that Andre Burakovsky is still around. (NBC Sports Washington)

• The Columbus Blue Jackets took a huge leap of faith at the trade deadline. (Featurd)

• Wild GM Paul Fenton made some significant moves before the deadline, and the Minneapolis StarTribune breaks down how they affect their salary cap. (Minneapolis StarTribune)

• Rotoworld’s Ryan Dadoun marvels at how age hasn’t slowed down Mark Giordano. (Rotoworld)

• The Panthers were quiet at the deadline, but expect them to make some significant trades this offseason. (Rat Trick)

• The Flyers’ playoff slim playoff hopes are riding on Brian Elliott. (NBC Sports Philly)

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