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PHT Morning Skate: Coaches keeping sharp; Dubnyk on rollercoaster season

NHL analyst Mike Milbury joins Kathryn Tappen to discuss and break down reports that the NHL is considering a 24-team Stanley Cup Playoff format to conclude the 2020 season.

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• It’s not just players trying to keep up their skills during the NHL pause; coaches are attempting to stay sharp as well. [TSN]

• Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk talks about a rollercoaster season on and off the ice. [Pioneer Press]

• Former NWHL players detail life in the league, including: “Two players who were both with the [Boston] Pride during the 2018-19 season said that they had no access to bathrooms, locker rooms, or any sort of private place to change when they were practicing. Players had little choice but to undress in the area around the ice surface, with no privacy or space of their own to utilize. The lack of access to bathrooms meant that players had to urinate in a garbage can near the bench if they needed to relieve themselves.” [Victory Press]

• Anthony Mantha is eager to stay with the Red Wings. [Detroit News]

• The parent company of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks has filed for bankruptcy. “Winterhawks owner William Gallacher allegedly failed to repay money his companies had borrowed in 2018. The lender, Bridging Financing, went to court in Toronto earlier this month and claims it took control of several Gallacher’s companies, including the hockey team.” [Oregon Live]

• Reviewing Kirby Dach’s first season with the Blackhawks. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Alexander Romanov wants to play for the Canadiens this season if the league allows contracts signed this spring to count for the 2019-20 season. []


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