PHT Morning Skate: NHL only option for Rantanen; Coyne Schofield back in broadcast booth

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• Restricted free agent Mikko Rantanen says the NHL is his only option this season. (

• Like seemingly every other player asked about teammates without new contracts, Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews is focused on improving game, not Marner’s contract. (Sportsnet)

• The Top 50 NHL players, as decided upon by NHL 20. (Screen Rant)

Sidney Crosby‘s jersey was the biggest seller last season. (Montreal Gazette)

• For the first time in decades, both the NHL and the NHLPA aren’t headed toward mutual destruction. (The Hockey News)

• NHL replaces partner in player, puck tracking. (ESPN)

Mitch Marner‘s contract status looms large over Leafs as camp nears. (

• Kendall Coyne Schofield will join the San Jose Sharks TV broadcast team this season. (

• Sharks’ Evander Kane reflects on ‘thrilling’ Game 7 win over Vegas. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Nugent-Hopkins on Puljujarvi: ‘It’s too bad to see it going down this path’. (Sportsnet)

• Why the NHL’s ‘no soap operas’ ad totally misses the point. (FTW)

• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule

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

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