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PHT Morning Skate: Players cope with changes; Jonas Hiller retires

Jonas Hiller retires NHL headlines PHT Morning Skate

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

• A detailed, honestly a bit depressing look at how the cancellation of the ECHL season affects a player. Eric Engels captures the impact for Terrence Wallin, 27-year-old member of the Maine Mariners. (Sportsnet)

• Meanwhile, John Matisz dives into how European hockey pro players are dealing with the isolation and disruption caused by the coronavirus-related cancellations/delays. (The Score)

• The Anaheim Ducks paid ode to Jonas Hiller, who decided to retire at age 38. Hiller played seven of his nine NHL seasons with Anaheim, winning 162 games while generating a .916 save percentage during his time with the Ducks. After spending two bumpy seasons with the Flames, Hiller played in the Swiss League from 2016-17 through this season. Not a bad run, Jonas Hiller. (Anaheim Ducks)

• Gene therapy provides Flames assistant GM Chris Snow hope in his battle with ALS. (

• What if the NHL season wasn’t “paused?” Dom Luszczyszyn provides his day-by-day “What if?” look here. (The Athletic [sub required])

• Canucks public address announcer Al Murdoch decided to call “goals” for fans on TikTok. (Vancouver is Awesome/Murdoch’s TikTok)

• The Rangers confirmed the K’Andre Miller signing. Blueshirt Banter points out a key that it’s set to begin in 2020-21. (Blueshirt Banter)

• Indispensable advanced stats site Evolving Hockey rolled out a player comparison tool recently, and took some requests in a Twitter thread that might cure a few minutes of boredom for you. (Evolving Hockey Twitter thread)

• Why AHL (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) coach Mike Vellucci could be ready to coach in the NHL. (Sportsnet)

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.