PHT Morning Skate: Reaves hates Wilson; Holtby and Mario Kart

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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.

• Yzerman’s hands all over the Lightning at the present, but future uncertain. (NHL.com)

• Put the best teams in the playoffs, regardless of conference. (USA Today)

• 11 months after their horrifying bus crash, the rebuilt Humboldt Broncos have made the SJHL playoffs. (660 City News)

• A look at how the Metropolitan Division became the NHL’s most hotly-contested race. (Yahoo Sports)

• Not entirely shocking but Ryan Reaves hates Tom Wilson. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• A list of the 10 most intriguing coaching candidates for Ottawa. (Sportsnet)

• Blues’ star Ryan O'Reilly talks his team’s wild season. (ESPN)

• How the Islanders’ young crop make the team better. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Re-signing Anders Lee would be a great move by the Islanders. (The Sports Daily)

• ‘It doesn’t take an X or a Y chromosome’: Female officials are coming to the NHL. (Washington Post)

• When Ted Lindsay fought, everybody won. (Deadspin)

Braden Holtby and Mario Kart tattoos. (The Players’ Tribune)

• NHL executive Kim Davis on racism in hockey and growing the game. (The Undefeated)

• Hockey’s diversity in pictures, from pee wee to the pro leagues. (The Color of Hockey)

• The Vancouver Canucks will play meaningful games in March, one way or another. (Canucks Army)

• A look at Tyler Ennis and whether or not the Maple Leafs should re-sign or replace. (The Leafs Nation)

• Should the Devils split the goalie workload 50/50 between Cory Schneider and MacKenzie Blackwood. (FanSided)

• The flu isn’t going to stop Brent Burns‘ charge at the Norris. (NBC Sports Bay Area)


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: Ted Lindsay remembered; final Humboldt Bronco out of hospital

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 nearly a year in hospital, the last member of the Humboldt Broncos who was recovering in hospital has been released. (Regina Leader-Post)

• The current playoff format in the NHL will not be debated at the GM meetings this week. (TSN)

• Tributes from former Red Wings on the late Ted Lindsay, who passed away on Monday. (Detroit Free Press)

Connor McDavid talks Ted Lindsay, the man who was not afraid to stand up to anyone. (Times Herald)

• Familiar faces behind the bench in Ottawa. (Ottawa Citizen)

Mark Giordano isn’t just due a Norris Trophy — he deserves it. (Yahoo Sports)

• The Nashville Predators are embracing their late-season adversity. (NHL.com)

Patrick Marleau set to hang up his (literal) skates. (Sportsnet)

• One hell of a week has the Dallas Stars poised for a playoff push despite a helping of adversity. (Dallas Morning News)

• Are the Calgary Flames built for the playoffs? (FanSided)

• Calgary’s other son, Bret Hart, honors Jarome Iginla. (ESPN)

• Buffalo’s road to the playoffs is daunting at best. (The Hockey News)

• Where has this season gone? Here’s a mock draft for the 2019 NHL Draft. (Sporting News)

• Gritty’s Wrestlemania t-shirt. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• Ducks heading to a historic year in goal scoring, but it’s not the good history kind. (Orange County Register)

• The Montreal Canadiens aren’t the best position to make the postseason. (FanSided)

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: Fans ready for Tavares’ return; Ottawa arena update

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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.

• Lou Lamoriello wants Isles fans to be classy, show John Tavares the respect he deserves. (Newsday)

• “Bloodthirsty” mob expected for Tavares’ return to Long Island. (Sportsnet)

• Isles fans don’t want media lectures of how they should respect, treat Tavares. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Eugene Melnyk said alternate options will be explored after arena plans shot down. (Ottawa Sun)

• When it comes to goals above replacement, the Vegas Golden Knights got their cornerStone. (Rotoworld)

• Should Mark Stone get the ‘C’ in Vegas? (Sin.Bin Vegas)

• Unsurprisingly, Erik Karlsson‘s health is becoming quite the concern for the San Jose Sharks. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• The Calgary Flames nearly made a big move the trade deadline. (TSN)

Mats Zuccarello was the New York Rangers. (Gotham Sports Network)

• Speaking of ‘Zuc’, he brought innocence back to hockey. (Blueshirt Banter)

• GM says he did, Jonathan Dahlen said he didn’t — prospect denies demanding trade prior to getting traded on Monday. (Vancouver Courier)

• Flat Stanley given requested ‘adventures’ by Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford. (NHL.com)

• Being a rookie defenseman in the NHL isn’t all that great. (The Hockey News)

• Black women’s love of hockey has evolved into a fan club. (Undefeated)

• A deep dive into who every prospect traded at the deadline fits into their new digs. (Sporting News)

• Q&A with hockey comic creators (Puck Junk)


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: Brassard opens up; Duchene uncertain

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.

• Goodbye, dead-puck era. (FiveThirtyEight)

• Things didn’t go so well for Derick Brassard in Pittsburgh. Now that he’s been traded, he opens up about those challenges. (Post-Gazette)

• Despite talks going well, Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene appears unsure about what he wants. (Ottawa Citizen)

• Nashville Predators GM David Poile went out and grabbed some depth on Wednesday, but don’t bet on him being done adding other pieces. (Tennessean)

Alex Ovechkin‘s parents salute their son, Russia’s most productive NHLer. (NHL.com)

• The 2019 IIHF Hall of Fame inductees include Miro Satan, Mike Modano, Hayley Wickenheiser, and Ziggy Palffy. (IIHF)

• Beware: Dustin Byfuglien is back. (Winnipeg Sun)

• The Jori Lehtera Era appears to be over after the Philadelphia Flyers waived the forward. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Auston Matthews is evolving into a generational goal scorer. (Sportsnet)

• The biggest trade deadline deal the Canucks can swing is re-signing Alex Edler. (TSN)

Matthew Tkachuk‘s contract conundrum hasn’t gotten any easier for the Calgary Flames. (Flames Nation)

• Somehow, the St. Louis Blues are climbing back up the standings. (St. Louis Game Time)

• Who knows what to expect from Columbus at the deadline, so expect the unexpected. (Union and Blue)

• A Q&A with Hockey Hall of Famer Jayna Hefford, interim commissioner of the CWHL. (ESPN)

• Rebuilding the Rangers means building second and third scoring units. (Blue Seat Blog)

• 10 players from the Swedish Elite League that could be of interest for NHL teams. (EP Rinkside)

Here’s Ep. 4 of The P.K. Project:


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: Oilers’ CEO vows to get it right this time

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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.

• Will Connor McDavid ever escape Edmonton and their perpetual rebuild? (The Ringer)

• The mess that the Edmonton Oilers have become starts at the top (Spector’s Hockey)

• Take it with however many grains of salt you want, but Bob Nicholson is promising to get it right this time in Edmonton (Edmonton Sun)

• A look at the longest losing streaks from recent back-to-back Stanley Cup champs (Nova Caps)

• Puck and player tracking is coming, and it’s going to transform how we understand the game (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• A look at the puck and player tracking trial run at the NHL All-Star Game this past weekend (NHL.com)

• More time on the overtime clock? Perhaps it’s time (TSN)

• Should the Arizona Coyotes push for Lord Stanley this season? (Five for Howling)

• The bargain bin: six players who could provide good value at the trade deadline (Sportsnet)

• An inside look at Jack Hughes, the top NHL draft prospect Flyers fans are craving (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Elias Pettersson has thrown a wrench in the Canucks’ rebuild plans. A good wrench (The Province)

• That Patrick Marleau jersey Auston Matthews donned for the All-Star Skills? Yeah, you could own it and help out a charity at the same time (NHL.com)

• The week off for the sliding Buffalo Sabres probably couldn’t have come at a better time. They now feel refreshed (Times-Herald)

• How Dylan Sikura is dealing with NHL growing pains and rediscovering his confidence (NBC Sports Chicago)

• Fresh of a 6-3 defeat on Monday to the New Jersey Devils, PHT’s Adam Gretz imagines the Penguins’ defense with a healthy Justin Schultz (Pensburgh)

• What do the stats say? Why, they say the Vegas Golden Knights have a top-5 defense of course (Sin.Bin Vegas)

• The Bruins return from their mandated week off on Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets. Here are a few burning questions concerning the Bs (Bruins Daily)

• The decision to send Tyson Jost to the minors appears to be paying off (Mile High Hockey)

• Vincent Lecavalier taken to hospital after Florida pileup (Tampa Bay Times)

• Here’s a list of 10 venues that should host an NHL All-Star Game (Puck Prose)

• Barry Trotz is a good dude:


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