PHT Morning Skate: Tom Wilson suspension reaction; learning during pandemic

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• “Once again, the NHL had a golden opportunity to send a message, a very real message, to Tom Wilson and players who play like him. And once again, it failed to do so. Carry on, then…” [The Hockey News]

• “The league’s hockey people have no appetite for a crackdown, and neither does the union, forever opposing harsh sentencing guidelines. This will not change until the overwhelming majority of players who are prey to predators demand change from the union.” [New York Post]

Bruce Cassidy said Brandon Carlo will be “out a while” and is considered week-to-week after being on the receiving end of Tom Wilson’s hit. [NBC Sports Boston]

• Wilson will not appeal his seven-game suspension. [TSN]

• Here’s a new one. The Golden Knights were booted from their San Jose hotel on Friday after the place closed. For good. [Las Vegas Sun]

• What have hockey players learned through the year-long pandemic? [ESPN]

• Ralph Krueger after another Sabres defeat: “It’s just mental toughness at the moment. I mean, the National Hockey League this year is not a league of people running each other over and without the fans in the building, the physicality is definitely in a different place than it would usually be.” [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

[Your 2020-21 NHL on NBC TV schedule]

• Get to know Lacey Eden’s name. She’s going to be a big player in the future. [Clutch and Crab Hockey]

• Kendall Coyne Schofield and Abby Roque were among the stars of this past weekend’s Dream Gap Tour games in Chicago. [Sportsnet]

• Jim Benning did not do himself any favors when speaking about the current state of the Canucks. [Pass it to Bulis]

• Wayne Gretzky delivers emotional eulogy at father’s funeral. [PHT]

• From the Fortress to the Garden, NHL starting to welcome back fans. [PHT]

• Want to give your fantasy hockey team a boost this week? Grab some Wild players. [Rotoworld]

• There are plenty of things the Jets need to address to finish this season in a better place. [Winnipeg Sun]

• The St. Louis power play has been on fire during their road trip. [Post-Dispatch]


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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