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PHT Morning Skate: Blues extend GM Armstrong; Zucker looking to bounce back

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ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 18: St.Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong holds a press conference to provide details on a trade that brought defenseman Marco Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens before an NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and the St. Louis Blues, on February 18, 2020, at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO. Photo by Keith Gillett/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.

• Doug Armstrong has signed a five-year extension to remain general manager of the Blues. [Post-Dispatch]

• Zdeno Chara brings his big presence and valuable experience to the Islanders’ blue line. [NY Hockey Now]

• A lower-body injury will keep Mike Hoffman out of the Canadiens’ lineup for up to four weeks. [Sportsnet]

• Jason Zucker and the Penguins could use a bounce-back season from the veteran forward. [Pensburgh]

• The Predators are adjusting to life without Pekka Rinne, Ryan Ellis, and Viktor Arvidsson. [A to Z Sports]

• Senators prospect Ridly Greig had himself an eventful night against the Jets on Sunday. First, he scored this highlight-reel goal:

He was later ejected from the game for cross-checking Pierre-Luc Dubois in the face. Dubois said afterword his teeth were fine but he needed 15 stitches. Greig will have a Monday hearing with the Department of Player Safety.

• Can a fresh goaltending tandem help the Sharks turn things around? [Daily Faceoff]

• Longtime NHL veteran goaltender Curtis McElhinney has announced his retirement. [TSN]

• Sami Vatanen has signed a contract with Genève-Servette HC of Switzerland through the end of the 2021-22 season. [Swiss Hockey News]

• How the NHL Coaches’ Association’s BIPOC mentoring program helped Leo Girod land a job as assistant video coach for Switzerland’s SC Bern. []


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