PHT Morning Skate: Benning on struggling Canucks; Brouwer retires

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• Canucks GM Jim Benning on his struggling team: “This is wearing on all of us, from ownership through the management team to the coaching staff to the players. We’re a fragile team right now.” [TSN]

• What can the Golden Knights take away from Evgenii Dadonov‘s up and down start to the season? [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Blackhawks interim GM Kyle Davidson on his background, the team’s start under Derek King, and more. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Flyers defenseman Ryan Ellis will need more time for rehab and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

Trevor Zegras is finally breaking out offensively for the Ducks. [The Hockey News]

• An Islanders bar that had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a second life inside the team’s new UBS Arena. [Grubstreet]

• It’s always fun to see the rookie cards of the current crop of NHL head coaches. Alain Vigneault’s is wonderful. [Puck Junk]

• Troy Brouwer has announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Capitals, Blues, Flames, and Panthers. [Blues]

• Some fantasy hockey nuggets to help your team this week. [NBC Sports Edge]

• The Kraken have been using positive thinking to help them get through a sluggish start. [Seattle Times]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.