PHT Morning Skate: Keeping Blues together; Who can Pens trade?

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Tyson Barrie believes he’s a perfect fit for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

• The NHL is claiming that Steve Montador’s brain injuries were caused by “his own lack of due care and fault”. (TSN)

• How will Robin Lehner‘s arrival in Chicago affect Corey Crawford‘s future? (NBC Sports Chicago)

• Who can the Penguins trade to upgrade their roster? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

• The Blues should look to the Bruins for guidance on how to keep their championship team together. (St. Louis Dispatch)

• The Rangers have $8 million in cap space, but they have to sign four important restricted free agents. (Blue Seat Blogs)

• Marc Bergevin has struggled to attract free agents to Montreal, so he tried to get the job done another way. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• The Golden Knights could trade talented Russian forward Nikita Gusev. (Review Journal)

• The Isles should be one of the teams trying to get Gusev out of Vegas. (Light House Hockey)

• The relationship between the Isles and Robin Lehner didn’t end very well. (The Sports Daily)

• Rick Tocchet is excited to get to work with Phil Kessel again. (AZ Central)

• The Hockey News breaks down 10 players that could bounce back after signing new contracts. (The Hockey News)

• Acquiring Tyson Barrie finally improves the Toronto Maple Leafs’ blue line. (NHL)

Elias Pettersson should be the next captain of the Vancouver Canucks. (Canucks Army)

• How can the Kings get more out of Ilya Kovalchuk? (Jewels from the Crown)

Wayne Simmonds is looking forward to proving his doubters wrong. (

• The Win Column breaks down the ridiculous goalie carousel in Philadelphia. (The Win Column)

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