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PHT Morning Skate: Gaudreau, Tkachuk futures; big season coming for Ehlers?

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EDMONTON, AB - MAY 1: Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames lines up for a face off during the game against the Edmonton Oilers on May 1, 2021 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI 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.

• The futures of Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk are just some of the questions facing the Flames this season. []

• How Jonathan Drouin returning to the Canadiens’ lineup could affect the Jesperi Kotkaniemi situation. [Toronto Star]

• “The United Center will now require anyone attending events at the arena, including Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks games, to present either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the venue, facility representatives announced Thursday.” [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Why Nikolaj Ehlers is primed for a big year in Winnipeg. [Jets Nation]

• Which remaining unrestricted free agents are worth taking a shot on? [TSN]

• If the NHL goes to the Olympics, Canada’s entry will be stacked. But which stars will be snubbed? [The Hockey News]

• Kris Letang is confident that the Penguins have one more Stanley Cup run in them. [Post-Gazette]

• Jared Spurgeon is a rock on the Wild blue line, and he’ll need to continue performing at this level. [Zone Coverage]

• When is the right time for an NHL to retire a jersey number? [Spector’s Hockey]

• Former NHL defenseman Tim Gleason will join Rod Brind’Amour’s bench in Carolina. [News and Observer]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy