PHT Morning Skate: Preds need spark; 2020 IIHF Hall of Fame Class

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• The Winnipeg Jets players react to Dustin Byfuglien‘s departure. (Winnipeg Sun)

• The Leafs have so much firepower, but they might not make the playoffs. (Toronto Sun)

• Should the Blues spend the assets to acquire Chris Kreider? (St. Louis Game-Time)

• The Predators are still searching for some kind of spark. (Tennessean)

• Can the Lightning get over last year’s epic playoff loss to Columbus? (FiveThirtyEight)

Cam Talbot is now on the cusp of a Gordie Howe hat trick. (Sportsnet)

• The Bruins’ win over the Jets reminded them of a Don Cherry Hardest Hits video. (NBC Sports Boston)

Adam Fox is having a strong rookie season for the Rangers. (Sports Illustrated)

• The Ducks appreciate having Ryan Miller as a back up netminder. (OC Register)

• Is this the end of the line for Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau? (Featurd)

• How is every player on the Caps living up to their contract? (Nova Caps Fans)

Jimmy Vesey isn’t focusing on the upcoming trade deadline. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• Ryan Smyth, Alexei Yashin, Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit and others make up the IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2020. (IIHF)

• Seattle area scout Ulf Samuelsson has left his position with the team to return to coaching. (Seattle Times)

• It’s important for the Islanders to treat their alumni right. (Light House Hockey)

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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