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Morning Skate: Monday, April 9

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Morning Skate: Monday, April 9

Stanley Cup playoff fever grips NHL fans all over the world as the first round of the playoffs is ready to take off.

Glen Gulutzan and Joe Nieuwendyk will both return next season for the Dallas Stars after the team failed to make the playoffs, according to their new owner.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jesse Spector has his NHL Awards picks and Patrice Bergeron fans are going to be happy.

Rogers SportsNet rink side reporter Ian Mendes has some interesting facts, stats and storylines from the first round matchup between the Rangers and Senators.

Daniel Sedin will be back for the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs after plenty of drama involving his concussion.

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow doesnt expect any roster shakeup after another lackluster performance out of the playoffs by the Isles this season.

Rob Rossi has a great feature on Evgeni Malkin that gives a taste of the book hes got coming out with the Russian superstar down the road.

For something completely different: a timely and heartfelt conversation about the American Pie franchise. I had to link to this.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.