PHT Morning Skate: Fearing Carey Price; Aliu on hockey culture

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• “For it is largely due to the remarkable reputation of the Montreal goaltender among his peers that much talk about the format of what appears to be a summer 24-team tournament has fixated on how unfair it would be to face Price in a best-of-three, multiple sources report.” [NY Post]

• “NHL players in shields from forehead to chin? The death of autographs, selfies and handshakes?” How sports will never be the same. [NBC Sports]

• Akim Aliu on why hockey is not for everyone: “The purpose of this story is not to drag everyone in hockey, or the sport itself, into the mud. This is about the biggest problems facing the game I love — and how we can fix them. ” [The Players’ Tribune]

• Could a 24-team playoff be more than just a one time solution for the NHL? [Toronto Sun]

• An interesting look at how defensemen on the power play have evolved. [TSN]

• How Kevin Hayes became the missing piece for the Flyers this season. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• Reviewing Tyler Myers‘ first year with the Canucks. [Canucks Army]

• Where will AHL scoring leader and soon-to-be UFA Sam Anas sign? [The Hockey News]

• The next challenge for Digit Murphy? Get an NWHL expansion team up and running during a pandemic. [The Score]

Mikkel Boedker has agreed to sign a two-year year deal with HC Lugano of Switzerland. [Swiss Hockey News]

• Could the Oilers make a Jesse Puljujarvi for Henrik Borgstrom or Lias Andersson deal happen? [Oilers Nation]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.