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PHT Morning Skate: Crosby’s place among all-time greats; Oilers counting on new faces

Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 02: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates in warm-ups prior to an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on April 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Pittsburgh 4-1. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

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• Logan Couture wants to take the luck out of close calls. (London Free Press)

• Kyle Connor hopes to sign with the Winnipeg Jets prior to training. (

• Injury to Juuso Valimaki changes Flames’ plans for T.J. Brodie. (Sportsnet)

• Oilers counting on new forwards. (The Hockey Writers)

• Fans don’t seem to care that there’s been a decline in fighting in the NHL. (Last Word on Hockey)

• Three teams that could return to the playoffs this season. (Yahoo Sports)

• An evolving narrative has the NHL at a crossroads. (Puck Prose)

• How well do the NHL’s new coaches fit their respective teams? (The Score)

• What is Sidney Crosby’s current place among NHL’s all-time greats? (Pensburgh)

• Will the Canucks follow in the Panthers’ footsteps and retire Roberto Luongo’s No. 1? (The Province)

• Predictions of Carolina’s demise are being greatly exaggerated. (Canes Country)

• The NHL is getting an assist from players, media partners as it extends European reach. (Front Office Sports)

• John Moore had a great first impression...that soured pretty quickly. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

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