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PHT Morning Skate: Coyotes’ concern for Garland; Robertson for Calder

Darren Dreger joins NHL Live and touches on the cancelation of the IIHF Women's World Championship, the cancellation of the Ontario Hockey League Playoffs, and the injury to Coyotes winger Conor Garland.

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 for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• The Coyotes are facing a major loss after Conor Garland was injured during Tuesday’s practice. Sources tell Craig Morgan the forward could miss significant time. [Coyotes Insider]

• Jason Robertson’s Calder Trophy push continues. [Defending Big D]

• Marcel Dionne is the next player who Alex Ovechkin will pass on the all-time goals list. The Hall of Famer has been impressed by Ovechkin’s continued goal scoring pace.]

• “The National Hockey League has reached a settlement ‘in principle’ in its legal battle with Kelli Ewen, the widow of deceased former NHL player Todd Ewen. Ewen filed a wrongful death claim against the NHL in April 2019, alleging Todd’s suicide in 2015 was linked to the league allegedly downplaying the potential long-term consequences of repeated brain trauma and profiting from a culture of on-ice violence.” [TSN]

• Matt Dumba on the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict: “I do feel that there is an underlying sense of optimism that comes along with the verdict of the trial yesterday, but I also know the work that has to be put in at the ground level, how we need to be leaders in our communities.” []

• Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Islanders may have ended the Rangers’ playoff hopes. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• It’s early but the line of Jeff Carter, Jared McCann, and Jason Zucker looks good for the Penguins. [Pensburgh]

• A strong season forces the question: Are these Oilers for real? [Sportsnet]

• Nikita Tryamkin, who has been playing in the KHL for the last four years, wants to return to the Canucks. [Daily Hive]

• Interesting look at teams generating offense from the penalty kill. [NBC Sports Edge]


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