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PHT Morning Skate: Davidson on Blackhawks; Poile wants to re-sign Forsberg

The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Kyle Davidson as the team's new general manager after serving in an interim role since October.

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• New Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson on the job ahead: “We’re going to look at more of a rebuild here. There are some things that we really need to fix that are going to take time. We’re not going to put a timeline on it, whether it’s three, five [years], I don’t have that answer right now. That will be determined as we proceed.” [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Trading Marc-Andre Fleury and what to do with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are a few items on Davidson’s to-do list for the Blackhawks. [Daily Faceoff]

• As Ron Hextall approaches the NHL trade deadline with the Penguins, no draft pick or prospect should be considered untouchable in pursuit of another Stanley Cup. [Pensburgh]

• Despite Filip Forsberg’s name being in the rumor mill, Predators GM David Poile says he wants to re-sign the forward. []

• With the playoffs not in their future, Kraken GM Ron Francis explained how he’s approaching the trade deadline. [Sound of Hockey]

• Tomas Hertl says contract negotiations with the Sharks have been “positive.” [San Jose Hockey Now]

• Stronger defense by the Oilers under Todd Woodcroft is leading to positive results for Mikko Koskinen. [Sportsnet]

• Home hasn’t been so sweet this year for the Capitals. [NBC Sports Washington]

• What traits do scouts look for when evaluating prospects? [Hockey IQ]

• Which already-drafted European prospects are tops in the NHL? [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.