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PHT Morning Skate: Avs’ Kuemper could play Game 4; Giroux and the Panthers

In a shocking move, the Islanders fired Barry Trotz despite trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three of his four seasons as head coach of the franchise, with GM Lou Lamoriello saying the team needed a new voice.

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• If the swelling goes down, Darcy Kuemper could be in goal for the Avalanche tonight after taking a stick to the eye in Game 3. [Colorado Hockey Now] (UPDATE: Kuemper will not play in Game 4.)

• Claude Giroux on moving from the lottery-bound Flyers to the Cup-contending Panthers: “It definitely took me a couple of games. It’s a high pace. It’s about supporting each other, knowing where your teammates are. When you get used to it, your job becomes a little easier. But it was definitely an adjustment.” [ESPN]

• A lower-body injury could keep Blues defenseman Torey Krug out for “some time,” according to head coach Craig Berube. [TSN]

• Patience hurt the Wild in Game 4 against the Blues. [Zone Coverage]

• Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour on his failed goalie interference challenge on Jake DeBrusk: “I would have bet my life on that one.” [Sportsnet]

• After a tough regular season, John Marino has stood out for the Penguins through three games. [Pensburgh]

• The Maple Leafs admit they were far from ready heading into their Game 4 drubbing by the Lightning. [Daily Faceoff]

• Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns could be on the block if the right offer comes the Sharks’ way. [San Jose Hockey Now]

• “Professional women’s hockey has its first $80,000 US player following the deal Mikyla Grant-Mentis reached with the Premier Hockey Federation’s Buffalo Beauts. " [CBC]

• Contract talks will be had in the offseason as the Stars look to keep John Klingberg in the fold. []

• Which goalie has the best mask of all the ‘tenders playing in the First Round? [Hockey by Design]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.