PHT Morning Skate: O’Reilly’s fuel; Markstrom’s Masterton story

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• Will any players refuse to play over COVID-19 concerns, and if so, how will they be viewed? [NBC Spots Boston]

• Winning the Stanley Cup has given Ryan O'Reilly more fuel to want to do it again. []

• How do the defending champs stack up against the other Round Robin teams? [St. Louis Gametime]

• Which teams not part of the Return to Play plan will make a big splash when free agency begins? [Spector’s Hockey]

• It was a long road back from a life-threatening heart condition known as myocarditis for Jets forward Mark Letestu. A week after he resumed skating, the NHL went on pause. [Winnipeg Sun]

• On Mark Giordano‘s value to the Flames and his Masterton Trophy nomination. [Calgary Herald]

• Coming back to play after his father’s passing is part of Jacob Markstrom‘s Masterton story. [Sportsnet]

• Former NHLer Brandon Bochenski is the new mayor of Grand Forks, North Dakota. [Grand Forks Herald]

• What sort of deal could Robby Fabbri and the Red Wings work out? [Freep]

Lawrence Pilut going to the KHL is another result of poor player development by the Sabres. [Die by the Blade]

• Looking back at the 1999-00 Hart Trophy race, which ended with Jaromir Jagr losing by one vote. [Pensburgh]

• Ten years later, whatever happened to the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning puck? [NBC Sports Chicago]


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

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