PHT Morning Skate: Help on way for Kings; Simmonds has no regrets

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• The Ottawa Senators’ current CEO dispute is another ugly chapter for the franchise. (Sportsnet)

• The San Jose Sharks made it official and signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension on Monday. (Fear The Fin)

• There is help and a reason for optimism on the way for the Los Angeles Kings. (The Hockey News)

• The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly signing NCAA star forward Drew O’Connor. (Pensburgh)

Wayne Simmonds has no regrets about waiving his no-trade clause to join the Buffalo Sabres. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• The Toronto Maple Leafs need a Tampa Bay state of mind. (Toronto Sun)

• The Calgary Flames are looking forward to getting back to work. (Calgary Herald)

• There have been some growing pains for Mathew Barzal, but he has played well even while the rest of the New York Islanders have slumped. (Newsday)

• When coaches have no answers. (Defending Big D)

• Would making the playoffs do more harm than good for the Minnesota Wild? (Fansided)

• What should Columbus Blue Jackets fans want from the stretch run of the regular season? (The Cannon)

• The Detroit Red Wings signed 10-year pro Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. The 31-year-old has played in 48 games for the team this season. (Detroit Red Wings)

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

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