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PHT Morning Skate: 5 surprises; What should Hurricanes do with Ferland?

Vancouver Canucks v Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 09: Micheal Ferland #79 of the Carolina Hurricanes leads his teammates in a postfgame salute for the fans during their game against the Vancouver Canucks at PNC Arena on October 9, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes won 5-3. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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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

• What are Bruins GM Don Sweeney’s trade options now that his team put together a terrific road trip. (WEEI)

• The Hockey News breaks down the five biggest surprise teams of the 2018-19 season. (The Hockey News)

• What should the Carolina Hurricanes do about pending unrestricted free agent Micheal Ferland? (Charlotte News & Observer)

• The Lightning have left the rest of the NHL in the dust, but they can still look ahead to some of the best teams in the history of the NHL. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Frederik Andersen continues bailing out his Maple Leafs teammates. (Toronto Star)

• The Penguins might have to add some depth on the blue line now that Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin are injured. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• The ESPN roundtable answers some of the biggest questions surrounding the trade deadline. (ESPN)

• How did the St. Louis Blues get themselves back in the playoff race? (Bleedin Blue)

• Should the Vegas Golden Knights make a splash before 3:00 p.m. ET? (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Here’s three players the Nashville Predators won’t be trading for on Monday. (Tennessean)

• Eric Staal would prefer not to be traded by the Minnesota Wild. (Minneapolis StarTribune)

• Where should the Stanley Cup contenders improve their roster? (TSN)

• King Henrik got pretty emotional when he was asked about about Mats Zuccarello being traded:


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.