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PHT Morning Skate: Clock ticking on Taylor Hall; How Galchenyuk helps Pens

Anaheim Ducks v Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 14: Alex Galchenyuk #17 of the Arizona Coyotes gets ready during a faceoff against the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on March 14, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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• Blue Jackets fans will get to know newcomer Gustav Nyquist. (The Cannon)

• Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins brings plenty of personality to the crease. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Nick Cousins could give the Canadiens a little more offense on their fourth line. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Devils GM Ray Shero won’t let a potential offer sheet change the way he negotiates with Nico Hischier. (

• The Clock is ticking on Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils. Will they be able to agree on an extension? (New York Post)

• Giving Mike Sullivan an extension was a wise move for the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• What can Alex Galchenyuk do help improve the Pittsburgh Penguins? (Pensburgh)

• The St. Louis Blues need Robert Thomas to take another step in his development. (Bleedin Blue)

• You can’t ignore what Nikita Gusev has accomplished in his career. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Timo Meier’s new contract will help the Sharks with their salary cap. (NBC Sports Bay Area)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.