PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin’s new cereal; Fighting continues to decrease

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• The Calgary Flames are one step closer to getting a new arena. (Calgary Herald)

• Check out the top 11 underappreciated individual seasons in NHL history. (Edit One Nine)

Alex Ovechkin will have a cereal named after him. How do you feel about Ovi O’s? (NBC Sports Washington)

• The Oilers need to get the most out of Connor McDavid every year, but how much can they play him next season? (TSN)

• Fighting continues to decrease in the NHL. (ESPN)

• The Hockey News shares a list of the top 5 2020 NHL Draft prospects playing at the Summer Showcase. (The Hockey News)

• Golden Knights GM George McPhee mishandled another Russian player in Nikita Gusev. (Sinbin.Vegas)

Andrei Vasilevskiy‘s new contract is great news for Penguins goalie Matt Murray. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

• That new contract makes Vasilevskiy even more important to the Lightning. (Raw Charge)

• With Vasilevskiy making $9.5 million per year on his new deal, Tuukka Rask doesn’t look so overpaid anymore. (NBC Sports Boston)

• Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has to find a way to get his team under the salary cap. (Blue Shirt Banter)

Dylan Strome is looking to build on his impressive season with the Blackhawks. (NHL)

• The Blackhawks are starting to look much different after the moves Stan Bowman made over the summer. (Daily Herald)

• Jack and Quinn Hughes have both been drafted into the NHL and their brother, Luke, is the next one looking to make it. (Sportsnet)

• How will Alain Vigneault utilize his goalies this season? (Broadstreet Hockey)

• Puck Junk used the FaceApp on some classic hockey cards. (Puck Junk)

• The Devils only have one good faceoff guy on their roster. (All About the Jersey)

• How unlucky were the Vancouver Canucks in 2018-19? (Vancourier)

• Here’s the Ice Garden’s all-time CWHL first-team. (Ice Garden)

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to miss veteran Ron Hainsey. (Leafs Nation)

• The hockey world is looking to shed their “white” label. (Seattle Times)

• Which players should the Arizona Coyotes pick up on PTOs? (Five for Howling)

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