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PHT Morning Skate: NHL only option for Rantanen; Coyne Schofield back in broadcast booth

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.

• Restricted free agent Mikko Rantanen says the NHL is his only option this season. (NHL.com)

• Like seemingly every other player asked about teammates without new contracts, Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews is focused on improving game, not Marner’s contract. (Sportsnet)

• The Top 50 NHL players, as decided upon by NHL 20. (Screen Rant)

Sidney Crosby‘s jersey was the biggest seller last season. (Montreal Gazette)

• For the first time in decades, both the NHL and the NHLPA aren’t headed toward mutual destruction. (The Hockey News)

• NHL replaces partner in player, puck tracking. (ESPN)

Mitch Marner‘s contract status looms large over Leafs as camp nears. (CBC.ca)

• Kendall Coyne Schofield will join the San Jose Sharks TV broadcast team this season. (NHL.com)

• Sharks’ Evander Kane reflects on ‘thrilling’ Game 7 win over Vegas. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Nugent-Hopkins on Puljujarvi: ‘It’s too bad to see it going down this path’. (Sportsnet)

• Why the NHL’s ‘no soap operas’ ad totally misses the point. (FTW)

MORE:
• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule


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: Chasing milestones; Toews wary of greed in CBA talks

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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.

• Ten players chasing milestones in 2019-20. (The Hockey News)

Jonathan Toews wary of NHL making players look greedy in CBA talks. (Yahoo Sports)

• Five things to like about new Edmonton Oilers, even if they have just a 20 percent chance of making playoffs. (Edmonton Journal)

• NHL 20 introduces 33 “Alumni Teams,” and the Whalers are among them. (Gamespot)

• Do the 2019-20 Vancouver Canucks have the makings of a contender? (The Hockey Writers)

• Is William Carrier worth more to another NHL team? (Sin.Bin Vegas)

• Outside the box thinking: The theory of constraints and the Devils. (All about the Jersey)

• Four milestones Phil Kessel can or will reach with the Arizona Coyotes. (Five for Howling)

• The Hurricanes’ magic in goal last season fueled their deep playoff run. Will it happen again? (Canes Country)

• Putting older players on LTIR is getting out of control. (Yahoo Sports)

Braden Holtby hoping to stay with the Caps. (Yardbarker)

Tom Wilson coming into his own. (The Hockey Writers)

MORE:
• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule


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: Kane, Reaves trade barbs; Caps to trade someone?

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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.

• After career-year, Stanley Cup win, Ivan Barbashev re-ups with Blues. (NHL.com)

• The Toronto Maple Leafs should let Mitch Marner sit for the season. (The Hockey Writers)

• NHL’s decision could pave the way for labor peace until 2025. (The Hockey News)

• Blood, sweat, tears and cash: NHL’s Seattle arrival should raise interest in youth hockey — for those who can afford it. (Seattle Times)

• Bob Plager takes Stanley Cup to brother’s final resting place. (NHL.com)

Dante Fabbro ready to be the next great young Predators defenceman. (Sportsnet)

• Capitals GM believes the team will likely have to move someone before the season begins. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Patrick Kane to have jersey retired by the London Knights for 145-point season. (NBC Sports Chicago)

Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves trading barbs again. (The Score)

• Don’t be fooled, September hockey is significant. (Bleedin’ Blue)

• Arizona Coyotes look to esports to widen fan reach. (Phoenix Business Journal)

• Sharks’ Evander Kane addresses racism in hockey, calls for change. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

MORE:
• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule


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: Trouba, Tyson talk balancing ambitions; When great careers get cut short

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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.

Jacob Trouba, Kelly Tyson talk about who they balance their ambitions. (ESPN)

• From the ECHL to the Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Cassidy has come a long way. (Boston Globe)

Tom Wilson says the Capitals will have Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s back. (Sportsnet)

• Jets coach Paul Maurice thinks once the dominoes start to fall, they all will. (TSN.ca)

• Where do the Dallas Stars fit in the crowded Central? (Yahoo Sports)

• Why trading Nikolaj Ehlers would be a regrettable move for the Winnipeg Jets. (Winnipeg Sun)

• When great careers get cut short. (Pensburgh)

• Flyers to be featured on NHL Network’s “Behind The Glass” (Broad Street Hockey)

• Jason Pominville understands long career could be over. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• Craig Cunningham trying to hone in on his hockey possibilities. (The Province)

• Veteran NHL analysts Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean leaving Sportsnet. (CBC.ca)

• Cam Ward’s shining glory was beating hometown Oilers in 2006 Cup final. (National Post)

MORE:
• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule


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: The workhorse goalie is disappearing; McDavid making progress

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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.

• The workhorse goalie is disappearing from the NHL. (TSN.ca)

• 10 players who left the NHL at the top of their game. (The Hockey News)

• Oilers’ McDavid says he’s making progress but questions remain. (Sportsnet)

• Donald Brashear arrested for coke possession. (TSN.ca)

• More NHL teams added dogs to rosters this offseason. (NHL.com)

• St. Albert arena now bears the name of hometown hero Iginla. (CBC.ca)

• Seattle NHL team’s name? Uniform colors? Here’s where fans rant, vent and even chat over beers about it. (Seattle Times)

• Garrett Rank is living two dreams: Top amateur golfer and NHL referee. (Forbes)

• ‘Young and fresh’ Giordano ready for upcoming Flames campaign. (Calgary Sun)

• Darren McCarty says cannabis saved his life. (The Score)

• The Penguins need to extend Matt Murray before the season begins. (The Hockey Writers)

• Lockout talk: Why each side might (and might not) want to opt out of the NHL’s CBA as the deadlines quickly approach. (The Athletic)

MORE:
• ProHockeyTalk’s 2019 NHL free agency tracker
• Your 2019-20 NHL on NBC TV schedule


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