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PHT Morning Skate: Boynton’s incredible tale a must-read

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 22: Nick Boynton #24 of the Philadelphia Flyers waits during warmups before an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center on March 22, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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

• If you haven’t read former NHLer Nick Boynton’s story yet on The Players’ Tribune, well, stop whatever you’re doing and read it. Now. (The Players’ Tribune)

• A look into the reason why pending UFA John Tavares has not signed yet (The Crest on the Front)

• For many Oilers’ fans, bruising winger Milan Lucic needs to be shipped out of Edmonton. Here’s how to make that happen (Oilers Nation)

• William Karlsson needs a contract extension, and there could be trouble lurking in that deal (Knights on Ice)

• The Vegas Golden Knights had one hell of a first season in the NHL. But what is in store for their sophomore campaign? (Spectors Hockey)

• Why there’s no rush to extend the contract of Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• The Ottawa Senators will suffer greatly until the truth is out in the Karlsson-Hoffman story (Ottawa Sun)

• Senators are a raging tire fire under Eugene Melnyk — so when will the NHL see fit to intervene? (The National Post)

• Sportsnet’s Sean McIndoe looks at10 NHL teams facing toughest off-season decisions (Sportsnet)

• A curious look at what the NHL combine’s bench press gauges for NHL prospects? (Canes Country)

• For the Calgary Flames, the numbers suggest the team should stick with the 3M line (

• The Montreal Canadiens fired their Ontario scout just days before the NHL Draft (Montreal Gazette)

• Olli Määttä’s encouraging development opens up possibilities for the Pittsburgh Penguins (PGH Hockey)

• Former University of North Dakota women’s hockey players file discrimination suit (The Grand Forks Herald)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck