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PHT Morning Skate: Benning on struggling Canucks; Brouwer retires

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VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28: Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning speaks to the media after a game between against the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings. Benning was discussing the recent trades of Vancouver Canucks Left Wing Alexandre Burrows (14) and Vancouver Canucks Right Wing Jannik Hansen (36). February 28, 2017, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. (Photo by Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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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.

• Canucks GM Jim Benning on his struggling team: “This is wearing on all of us, from ownership through the management team to the coaching staff to the players. We’re a fragile team right now.” [TSN]

• What can the Golden Knights take away from Evgenii Dadonov’s up and down start to the season? [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Blackhawks interim GM Kyle Davidson on his background, the team’s start under Derek King, and more. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Flyers defenseman Ryan Ellis will need more time for rehab and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• Trevor Zegras is finally breaking out offensively for the Ducks. [The Hockey News]

• An Islanders bar that had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a second life inside the team’s new UBS Arena. [Grubstreet]

• It’s always fun to see the rookie cards of the current crop of NHL head coaches. Alain Vigneault’s is wonderful. [Puck Junk]

• Troy Brouwer has announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Capitals, Blues, Flames, and Panthers. [Blues]

• Some fantasy hockey nuggets to help your team this week. [NBC Sports Edge]

• The Kraken have been using positive thinking to help them get through a sluggish start. [Seattle Times]


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