PHT Morning Skate: Rangers to retire Lundqvist’s number; primetime Winter Classic

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• The Rangers will retire Henrik Lundqvist’s No. 30 before a Jan. 28, 2022 game against his good buddy Mats Zuccarello and the Wild. [Rangers]

• The 2022 Winter Classic between the Blues and Wild at Target Field in Minnesota will be played in primetime. []

Travis Hamonic has yet to appear at Canucks camp, which has brought up the question about whether he will opt out for the season by the Oct. 1 deadline. [Province]

• Beginning this season, all 32 NHL teams will owe wearing “Adidas ADIZERO Primegreen” jerseys, made with at least 50% recycled material. []

• Why Kirill Kaprizov‘s five-year, $45 million extension will prove its value to the Wild. [Zone Coverage]

Zach Aston-Reese, who is vaccinated, has tested positive for COVID-19. [Tribune-Review]

• With Zdeno Chara and Brenden Dillon gone, the Capitals’ blue line will have some new faces. [Capitals Outsider]

• A decision on whether China’s men’s team will be replaced in the 2022 Olympic tournament will come by the end of October, according to new IIHF president Luc Tardif. [AFP]

• Former NHLer Alexei Zhamnov will be the head coach of Russia’s Olympic men’s team for the Beijing Games. [FHR]


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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