PHT Morning Skate: Improving Return to Play; praising re-seeding

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• Improving on the NHL’s 24-team Return to Play plan. [Sportsnet]

• In praise of re-seeding after the Qualifying Round. [Predlines]

• If the Panthers are to have any hope against the Islanders in the Qualifying Round they’ll need the Sergei Bobrovsky of old. [Litter Box Cats]

• Comparing the top six forwards for each team in the Canucks-Wild matchup. [Canucks Army]

• The NHL round robin games will feature some real quality netminding. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Quesions are being asked of Eugene Melnyk in the wake of the Senators splitting from their foundation. “[A]ccording to CRA filings, The Organ Project invested barely $5,000 of the nearly $1 million it raised on organ donor awareness. For those without a calculator, that’s 0.49 per cent, or less than half a cent for every dollar raised. And yet the Sens Foundation is being attacked for investing about 50 cents on every dollar it raises on programs. The hypocrisy is stunning.” [Ottawa Sun]

• While we wait for puck drop, how long will Brendan Lemieux‘s suspension ultimately be? [Blue Line Station]

• Braden and Brandi Holtby announced the “Get Off the Bench for Racial Equality” auction where fans can bid on items signed by the Capitals goalie and his teammates with proceeds benefitting Black Lives Matter D.C. and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. [Washington Times]

• Bruins captain Zdeno Chara attended a Brookline, Mass. protest over the weekend honoring the life of George Floyd. [WEEI]

• On Nikita Gusev and the Devils’ history of developing players from overseas. [The Hockey News]

• Devils and 76ers owner is reportedly in talks to purchase the New York Mets. [Variety]

• What does the future hold for Shane Wright of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs? [The Hockey Writers]

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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.

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