PHT Morning Skate: van Riemsdyk can have career year; Point skates with Bolts

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• Check out the highlights above from Thursday night’s 4-1 Red Wings win over the Blues in the 2019 Kraft Hockeyville USA game from Calumet, Mich.

• The recent RFA signings won’t bolster Patrik Laine‘s case, per Travis Yost. (TSN)

• The negotiations between Matthew Tkachuk and the Calgary Flames turned quickly. (Sportsnet)

Brayden Point skated with the Lightning on Thursday. He’s still recovering from off-season hip surgery. (Tampa Bay Times)

• How the Justin Faulk trade might impact negotiations between Justin Schultz and the Penguins. (Pensburgh)

• It’s time for the Blackhawks to turn their focus to the Robin Lehner era. (

• The Preds have moved Kyle Turris to the wing. Is that the best decision? (On the Forecheck)

• NHL teams should already be focusing on the 2020-21 salary cap because things are already getting tight. (Featurd)

• Stars forward Roope Hintz wants to build off his strong showing in the postseason. (Dallas News)

• The 2019-20 season should be a career-year for James van Riemsdyk. (Broad Street Hockey)

• Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson and his wife are raising money for Hurricane Dorian relief. (

• Even though Dylan Cozens didn’t make the Sabres squad this year, the expectations will be high for him next year. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• Check out these 25 facts about the Albany Choppers hockey team that played 55 IHL games in 1999. (Vintage Ice Hockey)

• The fact that the Pacific Division isn’t very good will help the Canucks’ chances of making the playoffs. (Vancourier)

• Hockey dogs can’t wait for the start of the NHL season! (

• There are reasons for the Minnesota Wild to be optimistic about this season. (Gone Puck Wild)

Martin Jones is ready to take the next step for the San Jose Sharks. (Blade of Teal)

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

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