PHT Morning Skate: Players with something to prove; Melnyk’s bold vision

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Johnny Gaudreau, Bobby Ryan, and Frederik Andersen are among players with something to prove in 2020-21. [The Hockey News]

• NWHL players Rebecca Morse, Audra Richards, and others discuss the league’s upcoming bubble season in Lake Placid, New York. [The Ice Garden]

• Eugene Melnyk with a bold statement on the future of the Senators: “This is the team, with what we have right now, I believe can win a Stanley Cup already, and that’s without adding some veterans, which we plan to do.” [Ottawa Sun]

• How NHL defenseman have affected offense around the league. [TSN]

• An Exceptional Player Rule in the NHL. Would it work? [The Score]

• Looking at the best ‘one-year rentals’ in NHL history. [PHT]

• Capitals, Rangers lead NHL Reverse Retro jersey sales. [PHT]

• Got your Jumbo Joe face mask yet?

• What went wrong during Jack Hughes‘ rookie season with the Devils? [JFresh Hockey]

• A Wayne Gretzky rookie card could fetch a record $1M at auction. [The Star]

• Rob Zettler replaces Todd Richards on Jon Cooper’s staff in Tampa. [Lightning]

• The Hockey in Harlem program continues to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. [NHL.com]

• Longtime NHLer Maxim Lapierre has retired. He played the last five seasons in Switzerland and Germany. [CTV]

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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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