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PHT Morning Skate: Frozen Four preview; great seasons for Connor, Gaudreau

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PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 10: The National Championship Trophy is seen on the ice before the game between the St. Cloud State Huskies and the Massachusetts Minutemen during the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship held at PPG Paints Arena on April 10, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

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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.

• It’ll be Michigan vs. Denver and Minnesota State vs. Minnesota in the NCAA men’s Frozen Four, which begins Thursday in Boston. [Daily Faceoff]

• Brendan Gallagher is no fan of Tim Stützle right now: “He lays on the ice. He acts like he’s hurt. He sells the call. He’s on the ice that same power play. You know, there’s kids watching. We’re role models. If I was a teammate of his I’d tell him to smarten up. It’s just not a good look. Very talented player, very good player. He needs to stop laying on the ice. It’s embarrassing.” [Montreal Gazette]

• Tough news for the Devils as a knee injury will end Jack Hughes’ season. [PHT]

• Tuesday saw a pair of retirement announcements with Marian Hossa and Ryan Getzlaf making it official.

• Kyle Connor is currently having a season for the Jets’ history books. [Sportsnet]

• Speaking of very strong seasons, how about the one Johnny Gaudreau is having with the Flames? [Flames Nation]

• How have things been going for the Capitals? It’s “players-only meeting” season. [Washington Hockey Now]

• Looking at the NHL Awards and who’s leading the race in each category. [Yardbarker]

• Which European free agents could find themselves playing in the NHL soon? [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.