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PHT Morning Skate: Caufield’s struggles; NHL’s ice man retiring

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MONTREAL, QC - JULY 5: Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on July 5, 2021 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHLI via Getty Images

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.

• A look at what’s gone wrong early on for Cole Caufield and the Canadiens. [Daily Faceoff]

• The NHL’s ice man, Dan Craig, is retiring. []

• Robin Lehner on what comes next in the wake of the Blackhawks scandal: “At the end of the day, people need to be held accountable that knew.… It’s part of healing, you know, getting some justice. And that’s what we all want.” [Sportsnet]

• The Maple Leafs and Jack Campbell have reportedly begun contract extension talks. [TSN]

• Another day, another Shark added to COVID-19 protocol. Add Timo Meier to the list. [Fear the Fin]

• Kevin Fiala understands he has to turn around his sluggish start to the season for the Wild. [Hockey Wilderness]

• It’s time for the Devils to give Alexander Holtz an extended run at the NHL level. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Why November looks to be a big month for the Avalanche. [Mile High Hockey]

• Derick Brassard has been producing for the Flyers, but how sustainable is his impact? [Broad Street Hockey]


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