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PHT Morning Skate: Eichel trade reaction; Gaborik announces retirement

Pro Hockey Talk's Sean Leahy breaks down the return Buffalo is receiving from Vegas for Jack Eichel and what the timeline looks like for his return after he undergoes the desired artificial disk replacement surgery.

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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• “Jack Eichel should make any team better, and if the trade were just what it is so far, he probably would. But that’s not the reality we’re living in.”. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Matthew Tkachuk on hearing his name in trade rumors: “I’m sure it’s different for everybody, but I had a hard time believing it was true, so I went about my business like I normally do the night before the game to get prepared for tonight.” [The Score]

• Should the Wild have been bigger players in the Eichel sweepstakes? [Hockey Wilderness]

• Eichel trade closes the book on Sabres’ failed rebuild. [PHT]

• Golden Knights have questions to answer before Eichel debut. [PHT]

• Marian Gaborik has announced his retirement after a 17-season, 1,035 NHL career. He scored 407 goals recorded 815 points and won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2014. [NHLPA]

• “USA Hockey is planning to contact the families of players who attended development camps and training sessions staffed by former Chicago Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich, a spokesman said, after TSN asked the governing body for U.S. amateur hockey about Aldrich’s role at a week-long hockey camp in 2008.” [TSN]

• Zach Werenski has been thriving in Columbus since Seth Jones moved on to Chicago. [1st Ohio Battery]

• Making the case for Dylan Cozens as the next Sabres captain. [Die by the Blade]

• Some fantasy hockey nuggets on Jack Eichel, the Golden Knights, Oilers and more. [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.