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PHT Morning Skate: Coping without Dustin Byfuglien; Pastrnak’s personality

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 situation revolving around Artemi Panarin‘s contract status makes the Columbus Blue Jackets the most interesting second-half team. (The Hockey News)

• The hype train carrying Jack Hughes has caught the attention of the NHL. (Sporting News)

• Assessing Jim Montgomery’s shortcomings thus far in Dallas. (Defending Big D)

• How to cope without Dustin Byfuglien. (Jets Nation)

• If you think the San Jose Sharks are struggling, try watching them play. (Yahoo)

• PHT’s Adam Gretz assesses the first half of the Pittsburgh Penguins season and then looks ahead. (Pensburgh)

David Pastrnak has all sorts of personality, as the Winter Classic showed. (ESPN)

• Bruins display their own version of the Four Horsemen at the Winter Classic. (Boston.com)

Paul Stastny has arrived in Vegas. Better late than never, as they say. (SinBin.Vegas)

• Superstitions are the bane of sports. The Washington Capitals still love them, however. (NBC Sports Washington)

• Guess that the biggest moment for the New York Islanders was in 2018. (The Sports Daily)

• Like the legal stuff? Here’s a breakdown of the possible effects surrounding the Stanley Cup beer mug lawsuit. (Sports Illustrated)

• They were playing each other, so the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators decided to make a deal. (Canucks Army)

• A look at the possible goalies that the expansion draft could net Seattle. (Sonics Rising)

Jeff Petry has exceeded expectations in Montreal (adding another blow to the Edmonton Oilers). (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: Grittiest interview ever; Why so many fired coaches?

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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 interview of the year: Gritty. (TIME)

• They’re dropping like flies these days. Why are so many coaches getting canned? (ESPN)

• The Hitchcock Grind is in full effect in Edmonton. (TSN.ca)

• The story of a sign that led to a life-saving kidney donation. (Penguins.com)

• Comparing Elias Pettersson to The Great One? Starting comparing him to The Great 8 instead. (Pass it to Bulis)

• Who would have predicted Max Domi having one of the best seasons (so far) in modern Montreal Canadiens history? (Eyes on the Prize)

• A breakdown of Jeremy Collition’s first two weeks behind the bench in Chicago. (The Point)

Kyle Connor is turning into a driver for the Winnipeg Jets. (Sportsnet)

Nolan Patrick is not a bust. (Broad Street Hockey)

• The Golden Knights need a fix. It won’t be simple, but they need it done. (The Sin Bin)

• Doug Armstrong wants you to temper your expectations regarding coaching. (St. Louis Game Time)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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: Burke not impressed with ‘clown’ Marchand; Matthews returns to practice

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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 Artemi Panarin saga continues to roll along. Here’s a take on him being a luxury and not a necessity for the Blue Jackets. (Union and Blue)

• How a love for fashion changed the course of one NHL prospect’s career. (Daily Hive)

• Arizona was doing so well, then injuries hit hard. (AZ Central)

• How the numbers aren’t telling the whole story of Connor Hellebuyck‘s pedestrian start to the season. (The Point)

• The New York Rangers are a pleasant surprise so far this season, but they may need to shake up their defensive pairings to keep the good times rolling. (Blue Seat Blogs)

• On Frederik Andersen and how he’s been incredible for the Toronto Maple Leafs so far. (The Hockey News)

• Speaking of the Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews returned to practice on Sunday. (TSN)

• The Pittsburgh Penguins need help from their lesser-known players. (Pensburgh)

• Faint murmurs of another lockout are starting to sprout up but the NHL is doing everything it can to avoid that happening again. (New York Post)

• As the NHL and a consortium of players settled their concussion lawsuit, the legacy of Gary Bettman remains unclear. (New York Times)

• An inside look at the offseason training program that Tyler Seguin used. (SportsDay)

• This story is about the Ottawa Senators and it is incredible. (Ottawa Citizen)

• Brian ‘Burkey’ Burke wants Brad Marchand to stop acting like a fool. (WEEI)

Gritty!


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 Dundon Effect; Laine eager for Finland show

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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.

• Laine is eager to play hockey in front of his country with games later this week vs.the Florida Panthers in Finland. (Winnipeg Sun)

• The Tom Dundon Effect has transformed Carolina in less than a year. (Forbes)

Robin Lehner looks like his old self again, which is to say he looks good. (FanSided)

• It is, and will always be, the greatest hockey game ever made. (NHL.com)

• Here is a look at all the last place teams in the Eastern Conference. (Medium)

• Is it time for a line-change overhaul in Vegas? (SinBin Vegas)

• Hockey goal differential by period and a look at the Hurricanes first 10 games. (Section 328)

• The Philadelphia Flyers continue to carry baggage from yesteryears. (FanSided)

Lawson Crouse‘s hybrid-style game has endeared himself to the Arizona Coyotes. (AZ Central)

Elias Lindholm is fitting in quite well with the Calgary Flames. (Sportsnet)

• Soccer? Ping Pong? Nah. Damon Severson plays baseball pre-game. (NJ.com)

• The Chicago Blackhawks have risen from the dead in the Central Division. Here are 10 thoughts on that. (NBC Sports Chicago)

• Man, Boston has one hell of a top line. But how do the Bruins get more secondary scoring? (Bruins Daily)

• With the Red Wings struggling mightily, Arby’s has lowered the requirements to one of its game-day promotions. (ESPN)

• Are the Ottawa Senators lucky? (Silver Seven)

• Here are more words on William Nylander — this time on the benefits of signing a bridge deal. (Maple Leafs Nation)

• This is not a record: Jonathan Quick is day-to-day. (LA Kings Insider)

• Penguins to hold a collection Tuesday for the victims of last week’s synagogue shooting. (Pittsburgh Penguins)

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: Best still to come for MacKinnon; Crosby vs. McDavid set for showdown

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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.

Brendan Gallagher‘s line is slowly turning into one of the best trios in the NHL. (Eyes on the Prize)

• Maple Leafs focusing on work ethic to break out of their slump. (Sportsnet)

• Canadian legalization of cannabis has spawned plenty of questions of how it pertains to the NHL. (Last Word on Hockey)

• Curtis Joseph has a new book coming out about his life on and off the ice and his tough upbringing. (The Peterborough Examiner)

• The NHL needs a domestic violence policy. (The Varsity)

• He’s one part of one of the NHL’s best shutdown lines, and he’s also one of the league’s best faceoff men. (Winnipeg Free Press)

• The NHL season is less than a month old and some are already feeling the heat. (USA Today)

• McDavid vs. Crosby set for Tuesday night showdown. Savor it, hockey fans. (Sportsnet)

• The Canucks are off to a great start, but can they avoid the Crap Mantle? (The Province)

• “Get pucks deep” and all those other garbage cliches are starting to make way for honesty. (The Athletic)

• Why the best is yet to come for Nathan MacKinnon. (ESPN)

• More pot talk: This time, the NHL alumni association says they’d be all in on cannabis if science shows its worth. (The Score)

• Jordin Tootoo believes his NHL career was a great run. (Nashville Post)


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