PHT Morning Skate: Hamilton’s contract talks; Flyers bench shakeup?

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• Contract talks between Dougie Hamilton and the Hurricanes will wait until after the season. []

• There should be a change behind the Flyers’ bench and it should begin with Michel Therrien or Mike Yeo. [Broad Street Hockey]

• A lower-body injury will keep Tyler Toffoli out for the Habs’ until next week. [Sportsnet]

• Sabres assistant coach Dan Girardi on the Buffalo blue line: “We have eight solid defense, which not a lot of teams have that, the ability to maybe change a guy in or out if things aren’t going great.” [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Heavy minutes had led to some great production from Mitch Marner. [TSN]

• What areas might the Maple Leafs target at the NHL trade deadline? [Featurd]

Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Andrei Vasilevskiy lead the Hart Trophy favorites. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Jarome Iginla on his post-retirement life as a youth hockey coach: “There’s a learning curve there and I’m still learning, the attitudes of the kids becoming teenagers, seeing the progressions from a 13-year-old to 15 years old, trying to nurture them as athletes and people.” []

• Which NHL contract extensions could affect the Seattle expansion draft this summer? [Sound of Hockey]

• Taking a look inside John Marino‘s sophomore season with the Penguins. [Pensburgh]

Joe Pavelski is eyeing running a sports media company when his hockey playing days are over. [ESPN]


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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