PHT Morning Skate: Blues extend GM Armstrong; Zucker looking to bounce back

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• Doug Armstrong has signed a five-year extension to remain general manager of the Blues. [Post-Dispatch]

Zdeno Chara brings his big presence and valuable experience to the Islanders’ blue line. [NY Hockey Now]

• A lower-body injury will keep Mike Hoffman out of the Canadiens’ lineup for up to four weeks. [Sportsnet]

Jason Zucker and the Penguins could use a bounce-back season from the veteran forward. [Pensburgh]

• The Predators are adjusting to life without Pekka Rinne, Ryan Ellis, and Viktor Arvidsson. [A to Z Sports]

• Senators prospect Ridly Greig had himself an eventful night against the Jets on Sunday. First, he scored this highlight-reel goal:

He was later ejected from the game for cross-checking Pierre-Luc Dubois in the face. Dubois said afterword his teeth were fine but he needed 15 stitches. Greig will have a Monday hearing with the Department of Player Safety.

• Can a fresh goaltending tandem help the Sharks turn things around? [Daily Faceoff]

• Longtime NHL veteran goaltender Curtis McElhinney has announced his retirement. [TSN]

• Sami Vatanen has signed a contract with Genève-Servette HC of Switzerland through the end of the 2021-22 season. [Swiss Hockey News]

• How the NHL Coaches’ Association’s BIPOC mentoring program helped Leo Girod land a job as assistant video coach for Switzerland’s SC Bern. [NHL.com]

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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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