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PHT Morning Skate: Odjick helped Ferland’s NHL journey; First-line Loui Eriksson?

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

• Ferland’s journey to NHL was helped by Canucks legend Gino Odjick. (Daily Hive)

• With his ELC signed, what bonuses will Jack Hughes hit this coming season. (All About the Jersey)

• The Jesse Puljujarvi conundrum. (Edmonton Journal)

• Should Loui Eriksson play on the first line? (The Canuck Way)

• Penguins forced to trade Kessel so they could keep Malkin. (The Hockey Writers)

• Each team’s best contract heading into the 2019-20 season. (Puck Prose)

• 11-year-old Blue Jackets fan does the Bottle Cap Challenge, impresses players. (NHL.com)

David Backes is wanted. (Boston Hockey Now)

• Disgraced defenseman Slava Voynov to play in the KHL next season. (YardBarker)

• How Blackhawks prospect Reese Johnson overcame multiple surgeries to get his NHL chance. (The Athletic)

• Re-visiting the disastrous Jaromir Jagr trade. (The Hockey Writers)

• Keeping the New York Rangers in perspective. (Blue Line Station)

• Golden Knights hold inaugural “battle-worn” gear sale. (Las Vegas Journal-Review)

• Putting stigma in the penalty box. (Kenora Online)

• An early look into the 2020 UFA Class. (The Score)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

PHT Morning Skate: James Neal’s excellent bar story

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Now that we’ve hooked you in with the headline, Rob Rossi shares some final thoughts on James Neal’s time spent in Pittsburgh and closes it out with a story Penguins fans may wind up really enjoying. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Flyers GM Ron Hextall came out of the NHL Draft thinking the team did really well. Well I’d hope he would think they did well, otherwise the start of his tenure would be a bit dicey. (CSNPhilly.com)

This shouldn’t come as a big shock: The Red Wings have serious interest in Christian Ehrhoff. Them and about 25 other teams as well. (Mlive,com)

Ever wonder how the NHL and NHLPA settled on a $69 million salary cap? No, it didn’t have anything to do with it being hilarious. (The Globe And Mail)

Fans in Vancouver rallied outside of Gino Odjick’s hospital and the Canucks legend came outside to greet them. (Vancouver Metro)

Aaron Ekblad was pretty easy for the Florida Panthers to pick first overall. Him being as mature as he is at 18 years old was a big reason why. (Canadian Press)

He’s mature and he’s also motivated and confident as all get out: