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PHT Morning Skate: Breaking down buyouts; Is Waddell going to Wild?


LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 19: Don Waddell, general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2019 NHL Awards at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on June 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via 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

• Aleksander Barkov says the Panthers have no more excuses when it comes to missing the playoffs. (NHL)

• The Bruins should do their best to make sure they ink Charlie McAvoy to a long-term extension this summer. (WEEI)

• The Hurricanes might be losing Don Waddell to the Minnesota Wild. (News & Observer)

• Louise St-Jacques is proud of her job as the engraver of the Stanley Cup. “I am very fortunate and proud to engrave the Cup,” St. Jacques said. “I have been stamping the Stanley Cup for the past 37 years, and it still makes me flutter inside every time I see it.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• What can the Washington Capitals learn about managing roster turnover? (Japers Rink)

• The Wild probably won’t be in the playoff picture in the Central Division so where do they go from here? (Hockey Wilderness)

• Ryan Dadoun breaks down this year’s crop of buyouts in the NHL. (Rotoworld)

• Don’t expect the salary to go anywhere anytime soon. (Spector’s Hockey)

• Who will the Penguins protect in the next expansion draft? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

• Here’s a Q&A with NHL 20 creative director William Ho. (

• Nico Hischier began his military service recruitment process in Switzerland. (

• Stars forward Jason Robertson will never forget where he came from. (Dallas Morning News)

• The latest Color of Hockey blog post covers Malcolm Hayes’ video posts. (NHL)

• This caddy is using nothing but hockey names to list the yardage during his round. (Golf Channel)

• Jonas Hiller’s professional career will come to an end next spring. (Swiss Hockey News)

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