PHT Morning Skate: Rask’s future in Boston; teams needing draft home runs

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• Don Sweeney on Tuukka Rask‘s future with the Boston Bruins: “[O]ur staff has communicated with Tuukka and as I said before, he remains a big part of our roster planning going forward because I think by my knowledge, he was second in the Vezina balloting and we feel very, very comfortable with where our goaltending is at.” [NBC Sports Boston]

• Why other Arizona Coyotes should be moved before Oliver Ekman-Larsson. [Five for Howling]

• The Chicago Blackhawks will have plenty of salary cap space this offseason. How will GM Stan Bowman use it? [NBC Sports Chicago]

• If a team is looking for a player primed for a bounce-back season, look no further than Josh Anderson. [TSN]

• It will take a really good offer for Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas to think about moving Frederik Andersen. “As of this moment, yes, I expect him to be the starting goalie for the team — I was just going to say come October — but whenever we get going here. So that’s the way I feel about Fred.” [NHL.com]

[2020 NHL Free Agent Tracker]

• When it’s time for the No. 5 selection to be announces, Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion will have plenty of options to choose from. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Which NHL teams must hit a home run during this week’s draft? [Featurd]

• Fun re-draft of the 1995 draft, which would have Jarome Iginla going No. 1 overall. [Puck Junk]

• Long Island University is progressing as it puts together a D-I men’s program during a pandemic. [College Hockey News]

• Some reaction to NHL 21 ratings reveal and the new Be a Pro trailer. [Operation Sports]

The 2020 NHL Draft will be held virtually with Round 1 taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 6 beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN (livestream). Rounds 2-7 will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7 beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on NHL Network.

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