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PHT Morning Skate: Canucks and Karlsson; X-factors for Flyers

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• In honor of the All-Star Game returning to San Jose, the Sharks will give away an Owen Nolan “calling his shot” bobblehead in January. [Sharks]

• Why would the rebuilding Vancouver Canucks blow it all up for potentially only one season with Erik Karlsson? [Sportsnet]

• Nikita Kucherov doing a little recruiting of Artemi Panarin? [Tampa Bay Times]

• Sounds like Alex Galchenyuk will get a chance to play center with the Arizona Coyotes, which seems ideal. [Coyotes]

• Will Tyler Seguin re-sign with the Dallas Stars before he’s eligibile for unrestricted free agency next summer? [Dallas Morning News]

• There’s a foursome of RFA defensemen still waiting to sign extensions with their teams. Training camps open soon. [The Hockey News]

• How much is left in the tank for Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo? [The Rat Trick]

• Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has a big fan in Ray Bourque. [WEEI]

• Aside from Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, who are some of the Washington Capitals’ other top duos? [Capitals Outsider]

• Emerson Etem will attend Los Angeles Kings training camp on a PTO. [LA Kings Insider]

• How the Vegas Golden Knights have helped the UNLV hockey program. [Las Vegas Sun]

• Matthew Tkachuk is looking to build off a strong sophomore campaign with the Calgary Flames. [Flames]

• A third line center and Brian Elliott are some of the Philadelphia Flyers’ biggest X-factors for the 2018-19 season. [Flyers Nation]

• Why banning on-the-fly line changes in hockey might be a good idea. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Finally, another hockey season arrives and Jaromir Jagr continues scoring goals:


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