PHT Morning Skate: Keefe ready for chess match; Let refs vote for Byng

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• “Infectious disease specialist Dr. John Swartzberg says the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have made a massive mistake by staging team training camps in Southern U.S. cities where Covid infection rates are spiking.” [TSN]

• Some Edmonton restaurants are choosing against being part of the NHL bubble if it means closing to the public. [Edmonton Journal]

• Parts of Rogers Place were flooded early Thursday night, with the Oilers saying the damage wouldn’t affect plans to use the arena as an NHL hub when the season resumes. [PHT]

Robin Lehner touts mental health benefits of return of sports, NHL. [PHT]

• Sheldon Keefe is ready for the Maple Leafs’ chess match against John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets. [TSN]

• Why Adam Fox was not snubbed in the Calder Trophy voting. [Forever Blueshirts]

• The Golden Knights have inked NCAA scoring leader Jack Dugan to a two-year entry-level deal. [Golden Knights]

• Put the Flames into the pile of teams using training camp to determine their No. 1 goalie. []

• Kyle Quincey’s 15-month-old son is battling brain cancer. Axl Quincey was diagnosed with ependymoma, a type of tumor that forms in the brain or spinal cord. []

• A heartwarming story from Alain Vigneault about going to see his parents during quarantine as his mom battles dementia. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• After having their program saved, the University of Alabama Huntsville is holding an important season ticket campaign. [WAAF]

• A take that is 100% correct: Let the refs vote on the Lady Byng Trophy. [Scouting the Refs]

• Nikita Tryamkin will not be re-joining the Canucks after signing a one-year deal to stay with the KHL’s Yekaterinburg. [Canucks Army]


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