PHT Morning Skate: Avs have bright future; Binnington is Blues’ backbone

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Jordan Binnington has quickly become the backbone of the St. Louis Blues. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Pat Maroon went from under-the-radar hometown signing to playoff hero in short order. (St. Louis Game Time)

• The Blues found a way to hold on to the puck quite a bit during their run to the Western Conference Final. (The Point)

• The “Hurricane’s at the Garden” in Boston has changed their name for this series. (NBC Sports Boston)

Dougie Hamilton is the only non-Bruin that will be welcomed to Mike’s Pastry Shop during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (News & Observer)

• Rod Brind’Amour has been a perfect fit for the Carolina Hurricanes. (The Ringer)

• Here’s how Joonas Donskoi punched the Sharks’ ticket to the Western Conference Final. (The Puck Careyer)

• These are the referees that will be officiating in the Eastern and Western Conference Final. (Scouting the Refs)

• Rikard Gronborg, who was a candidate for the head coaching job in Buffalo, has been hired by ZSC Lions. (Die by the Blade)

• Even though they were eliminated in the second round, the rest of the NHL should be worried about the Colorado Avalanche. (Mile High Hockey)

• Todd Ewen’s wife, Kelli, is blaming the NHL for her husband’s death. (NBC News)

• 19-year-old Liam Kirk might be the person that puts Britain on the hockey map. (ESPN)

• Yahoo’s Ryan Lambert is calling the Ken Holland hire “another unforced error” by the Oilers. (Yahoo)

• Will Holland’s new deal change the way GM salaries are disclosed? (The Hockey News)

• This Bruins fan was literally blown away after the Bruins’ first goal:

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

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