PHT Morning Skate: Hextall hiring reaction; world’s longest hockey game

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• Examining Ron Hextall’s time as Flyers GM. What went right and what went wrong? [Pensburgh]

• Brian Burke was in a comfy media job with Sportsnet, and then Mario Lemieux called. [Post-Gazette]

• “Everyone knows Hextall is highly regarded for his ability to draft, develop and retool a team’s future. The Penguins are a team that could be nearing that stage. Pittsburgh is also trying to make the most of its current window to contend, led by three-time champions Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.” [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• Ron Hextall hire could bring massive shift in how Penguins are built. [PHT]

• Squandering leads has been a thing this season for the Capitals. [Japers’ Rink]

• Will a bump to the Flames’ top line stop trade talk around Sam Bennett? [Sportsnet]

• Lamoureux twins’ retirement from hockey passes the torch to next generation. [PHT]

Zack Kassian is the third Oilers player to land on IR this week. [Oilers Nation]

• Lamont Buford and Wanton Davis are aiming to ‘create memories’ with in-game entertainment for the Seattle Kraken when NHL fans return. [NHL.com]

• Whitney Dove of the Buffalo Beauts is a player to pay attention to. [The Ice Garden]

Kirill Kaprizov has had a special start for the Wild in his rookie year. [Rotoworld]

• A group of 40 hockey players in Edmonton are hoping to set a new record for the longest game ever played while also raising money for cancer research. [The Score]

• Taking a look at Bowen Byram‘s eight-game start for the Avalanche. [Mile High Hockey]

• A little advice from Ryan Miller has helped Troy Terry turn his season around. [Orange County Register]

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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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