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PHT Morning Skate: Ekman-Larsson close to extension; roster predictions for Vegas

on October 30, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

on October 30, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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

• SinBin.Vegas makes nine roster predictions for the Golden Knights this off-season. They predict that James Neal, Ryan Reaves and Luca Sbisa will walk in free agency. (SinBin.Vegas)

• Draft prospect Liam Kirk is trying to become the first player from the UK to make it to the NHL. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• Devante Smith-Pelly winning the Stanley Cup is huge for the black kids in the D.C. area. (The Undefeated)

• The Montreal Canadiens are looking for help on defense and it sounds like pending unrestricted free agent Jack Johnson could be an option for them. (1st Ohio Battery)

• Canucks top prospect Olli Juolevi is scheduled to undergo a microdisectomy procedure to repair a disc in his lower back. (Canucks Army)

• Toby Enstrom had a hard time getting into the Jets lineup down the stretch, so it sounds like he’ll be moving on. He could be heading to Sweden. (Jets Nation)

• There’s no reason to criticize the way Alex Ovechkin has been partying since winning the Stanley Cup. (Sportsnet)

• It sounds like the Arizona Coyotes are closing in on an eight-year extension with franchise defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He can’t officially sign the extension until July 1st. Darren Dreger reports that there’s a verbal agreement between the two sides. (Arizona Sports 98.7)

• The Vegas Golden Knights signed Stefan Matteau to a one-year, two-way deal. He had just one assist in eight games last season. (

• The Score tries to predict where the top 10 trade candidates may end up this summer. Phil Kessel to Minnesota would be something. (The Score)


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