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PHT Morning Skate: Dubas’ new school; Eichel named captain

Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 29: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 29, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. The Sabres defeated the Devils 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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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

• Kyle Dubas is turning the page on old-school hockey traditions. (Toronto Star)

• Progress is being made toward the Carolina Hurricanes hosting an outdoor game. (The News & Observer)

• Seattle to the NHL timeline: Sooner is better than later, but in the end, they’re in it for the long run. (Seattle Times)

• Could the NHL move the Oilers and Flames to the Central Division once Seattle arrives in the NHL? (Edmonton Sun)

• Markus Naslund seems content away from hockey, so don’t expect the former Canucks captain back in a hockey role any time soon. (The Province)

• PHT’s Adam Gretz plays a little over/under for the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Pensburgh)

• Willie O’Ree was inspired by Jackie Robinson. (

• The A to Z of the new NHL season. (Toronto Sun)

• This is why we love the NHL. (Vice)

• Jack Eichel is now the captain of the Buffalo Sabres. (Sportsnet)

• Brian Boyle entering another season with Leukemia but says the prognosis is good. (People)

• Danièle Sauvageau getting impatient as NHL coaching doors remain closed. (The Athletic)

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Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck