PHT Morning Skate: Gorton and the job ahead; Kane clears waivers

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• Struggling to find a regular place in the Bruins’ lineup, Jake DeBrusk has asked for a trade out of Boston. [NBC Sports Boston]

• “We’re unclear on how the power dynamics will eventually play out between [Jeff] Gorton and the incumbent GM, but [Geoff] Molson expects them to work as a team, tackling the various responsibilities that, he’s learned in hindsight, are too large for just one person to continue doing in this unique market.” [Sportsnet]

• Why Jeff Gorton‘s past should lead to good things while helping guide the Canadiens forward. [The Hockey Writers]

• The NHL has suspended Brad Marchand 3 games for slew-footing Oliver Ekman-Larsson. [PHT]

• After clearing waivers, Evander Kane is now with the AHL San Jose Barracuda. [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• Looking at the biggest surprises and disappointments through the first quarter of the NHL season. [PHT]

• With a quarter of the season finished, are the Kraken finally coming together as a team? [Seattle Times]

• While the Penguins placed Bryan Rust on injured reserve, Evgeni Malkin took another step forward in his return from off-season surgery. [Pensburgh]

• An important ranking: Which NHL team has the best dog? [ESPN]

• The Blues have found mixed results through nearly two months of the NHL season. [Post-Dispatch]

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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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