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PHT Morning Skate: Blackhawks’ GM search winding down; Treliving on hiring Murray

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The Chicago Blackhawks logo is illuminated before a game against the Nashville Predators on April 23, 2021, at the United Center in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)


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.

• The Blackhawks announced they have concluded their search for a new general manager. No word on when they expect to name a permanent hire. [Sportsnet]

• Flames GM Brad Treliving on hiring Bob Murray as a scout: "[I] know Bob’s character and it’s important to give those people an opportunity … when you see a guy that’s gone through this, I wanted to help him.” [Calgary Sun]

• Pekka Rinne’s number retirement on Thursday night was the start of a big weekend in Nashville that will end with Saturday’s Stadium Series game against the Lightning. []

• Sean Avery on his comeback attempt with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears: “I think having a son was like a big thing you know and then certainly that was at the beginning of quarantine - I’ve been in New York and California, which are two different states than Florida - we spent a year locked up. Seeing [Nash] get older, putting him on skates, he came out to watch a skate [back home] during the week, it was pretty cool to see him and the look on his face, so I said, ‘You know what, why not?’ maybe he’ll get to see me play a game - you never know.” [Solar Bears]

• On the merits of the drop-pass and why it’s an effective tool. [The Hockey News]

• Maple Leafs forward Michael Bunting has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment during last week’s game against Pittsburgh. [TSN]

• The Sharks are not planning on heading in the direction of a full rebuild. [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• J.F. Berube is running with the opportunity he’s received from the Blue Jackets. [1st Ohio Battery]

• Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Jokerit has decided to withdraw from the KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs [KHL]

• Some fantasy hockey nuggets to get you close out some victories this week. [NBC Sports Edge]

• A look at how the Jets have handled the NHL Trade Deadline over the last decade. [Jets Nation]


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