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PHT Morning Skate: Bruins eyeing Kovalchuk?

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 9 - Russia v Slovakia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: Ilya Kovalchuk #71 of Russia celebrates after scoring the winning goal in a shoot against Jan Laco #50 of Slovakia during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day nine of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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

• Bruins on short list of contenders to bring Ilya Kovalchuk back to NHL. (Boston Globe)

• Kovalchuk’s process of picking a destination: ‘He’s coming to the NHL to win a Stanley Cup.’ (The Athletic - Paywall)

• Report: Nikolay Kulemin leaving NHL to play in KHL. (Sportsnet)

• After Tuesday’s explosive revelations of next-level harassment from Monika Caryk (Mike Hoffman’s fiancee) and Melinda Karlsson (Erik’s wife), other NHL wives show support for Karlsson after she seeks a peace order against Caryk. (Ottawa Sun)

• The NHL released the results of its fans’ choice awards after some 500,000 votes were tallied. (

• Elliotte Friedman explores interest in disgraced former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov as he explores NHL comeback. (Sportsnet)

• 10 young NHL players already headed for bust status, and 10 already there. (Sportster)

• #ALLCAPS: Fans from the D.C. area celebrate the Washington Capitals’ historic Stanley Cup win. (The Undefeated)

• Hockey stick honoring Humboldt Broncos stolen from B.C. porch (Columbia Valley Pioneer)

• The folks over at The Hockey News give their top five landing sports for pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares. (The Hockey News)

• “I’m black and a Detroit Red Wings fan, but I’ve adopted the Capitals.” (The Undefeated)

• Trotz confident he’ll be back as coach of Capitals next season. (

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