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PHT Morning Skate: Dotchin details emerge; China market for growth, players

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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.

• Up top, that’s the new All-Star Game logo with this season’s rendition in San Jose.

Jake Dotchin checked in 30 pounds over his playing weight from last season. (TSN)

• The NHL is going to be patient if it wants to reap the rewards that a China partnership could produce. (The Hockey News)

• Sticking with the NHL… they believe Henrik Zetterberg is a legitimate case for long-term injured reserve, but they’ll investigate anyway. (The Score)

• U.S. gambling monster lurks under the NHL’s bed. (Winnipeg Free Press)

• Here’s an oxymoron: The NHL’s most underrated superstar. (The Hockey Writers)

• Here are the most overpaid players heading into the 2018-19 season. (Daily Hive)

• Every team’s biggest issue heading into the new season. (CBS Sports)

• How Sharks’ all-in trade for Erik Karlsson affects West’s power structure, now and later. (Sporting News)

• Who cares what Connor McDavid‘s rating is. Here are the highest rated tough guys. (Real Sport)

• Vegas remains the NHL’s hottest ticket. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• China both a market for growth and a pipeline for players. (The Athletic)

Jesse Puljujarvi wants to take the next step in Edmonton. (Edmonton Sun)

• When pro athletes are accused of abuse, how often does punishment follow? (The Tennessean)


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: Senators blame Karlsson; Seguin’s Super Mario clip

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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.

• First off, up top, Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn nailed the Ryan Fitzpatrick look.

• The Ottawa Senators are saying they didn’t feel Erik Karlsson wanted to be a part of the rebuild in Canada’s capital. (Ottawa Citizen)

• In the salary cap era, players have to weigh their own contracts against the betterment of the team. (TSN)

• Here’s the oral history of the tweet of the year in the NHL: Tyler Seguin‘s Super Mario video announcing his contract extension in Dallas. (Sportsnet)

• Hockey is more than just a game for the man spearheading the effort to bring the NHL to Seattle. (NHL to Seattle)

• Five teams who didn’t make the playoffs last year that should make it this time around and vice versa. (Featurd)

• Like weird? Here’s the weirdest from the past year in the NHL. (Yard Barker)

• People like to emulate Stanley Cup winners. The Chicago Blackhawks are doing that in regards to the Washington Capitals power-play scheme. (NBC Sports Chicago)

• A facial fracture and surgery to repair the damage on Tuesday will keep Nicolas Deslauriers out the Montreal Canadiens lineup indefinitely. (Montreal Canadiens)

• A low offseason for the Edmonton Oilers has them playing a dangerous game. (Yahoo)

• A guide to watching preseason hockey. (The Hockey News)


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: MacDonald injury means opportunity; Pacioretty primed for better year

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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.

• A six-week injury diagnosis for Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald means opportunities for Philly’s up-and-comers. (Philly.com)

• Josh Gorges isn’t done with the NHL if the NHL isn’t done with him. (The Hockey Writers)

• Despite the madness surrounding him, Max Pacioretty appears destined for a better season. (NHL.com)

• This past season’s Hobey Baker winner is looking to follow Brock Boeser‘s path to the NHL. (Sportsnet)

• Five coaches facing the most pressure this season. (The Hockey News)

• Golden Knights forward Keegan Kolesar looking to emulate someone Vegas fans might not like too much. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• Rob Brind’Amour runs 5K race. (Charlotte Observer)

• OHL goalie asks for trade. Trade works out, he becomes No. 1 and now is heading to the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect challenge. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• The Humboldt Broncos will take the ice later this week, the first time since the horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 people. (The Canadian Press)

• The Bruins have some big upside in Wiley Sherman. (Boston Globe)

• The NHL isn’t changing its cannabis policy with federal legalization looming in Canada. (Civilized)

• There’s no doubt in Nathan MacKinnon‘s mind regarding the Nate Schmidt PED suspension. (The Score)

Colin White wants to be an 82-game man. (Ottawa Sun)

• Demolition of KeyArena won’t begin until Seattle has an NHL team. (MyNorthwest)

• Here’s a sports fan’s guide to Twitch, an online streaming platform. (TSN.ca)


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: Concussion lawsuit close to settlement?; Hamilton talks Calgary defense

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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.

• It appears the NHL is in talks to settle the concussion lawsuit that was brought forward by former players. (TSN)

• Five players on the verge of stardom. (The Hockey News)

• There’s a blueprint set to sign Darnell Nurse and another defenseman in Edmonton. (Edmonton Journal)

• Three-time Stanley Cup champion Ab McDonald passed away on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

• Reporters ask questions. Players answer questions. Sometimes players don’t like questions. (Yahoo)

• Also: If players had to get a face tattoo, here’s what it would be. (Yahoo)

• The Bruins going after John Tavares has David Krejci a tad concerned. (The Score)

• Here’s a list of the best player on each NHL team not to have a Stanley Cup ring. (FanSided)

• A look at three KHL players, all who have taken different paths to the NHL. (The Athletic)

• Snubbed in San Jose. (The Hockey Writers)

Tyler Ennis is not who you think he is. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Dougie Hamilton on the Calgary Flames defense he was a part of: “It didn’t turn out so good.” (Sportsnet)

Mike Condon getting a fresh slate in Ottawa. (Ottawa Sun)

• NHL 19 has a nice tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. (Game Rant)

Brad Marchand: The best and the most controversial. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)


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: Mason the forgotten; Johnny Hocke… Ham-and-Cheese?

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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.

• Here’s how Blake Wheeler‘s contract extension affects the rest of Winnipeg’s cap situation moving forward. (Sportsnet)

• You can’t blame NHL for Schmidt suspension, but it’s understandable why you would. (Yahoo)

• Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff scoffs at the notion that Winnipeg isn’t a desirable locale for NHLers. (Sporting News)

• Last year at this time, Steve Mason was the starter in Winnipeg. This year, he is without a team as training camp looms. (The Hockey News)

• Speaking of training camp looming, there are some big-name restricted free agents without new deals still. (TSN)

• Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most under pressure team of them all? (ESPN)

• The Jeff Glass Experience continues with a PTO in Calgary. (Sportsnet)

• Is the Stanley Cup hangover set to hit the Washington Capitals? Some people think so. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• Meet the Toronto Maple Leafs mystery man. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Brady Tkachuk is going about things the right way in Ottawa. (Ottawa Citizen)

• How do you become an NHL official? (The Athletic)

• Here’s five forgotten St. Louis Blues. (The Hockey Writers)

• Johnny ham-and-cheese? (Calgary Sun)

• Jersey that travelled around the NHL has returned home. (CBC)

• A power-ranking that ranks the most iconic jersey from each franchise. (Puck Prose)


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