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PHT Morning Skate: Golden Knights’ cap crunch; condensed schedule benefits

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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 12: The Vegas Golden Knights mascot Chance the Golden Gila Monster poses during the team’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes at T-Mobile Arena on December 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Hurricanes won 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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• Will teams with room call the Golden Knights to help them out of their cap crunch? [TSN]

• Meanwhile, Max Pacioretty isn’t fazed by recent trade rumors: “I played in Montreal for 10 years, so this is lightweight stuff. I’ve heard a lot worse.” [Review-Journal]

• Players from all over the world are heading back to their markets to prep for the season. [Sportsnet]

• Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin on the NHL season slow creeping up on us: “It’s been a long time, a challenging time. You go through periods of motivation, you feel good and excited, and there was a (potential) start date of mid-October, I can’t even remember, and it got pushed back and it seemed to get pushed back and you get upset about it. It’s been harder mentally than physically.” [Detroit News]

• Could a condensed NHL schedule help a team like the Devils? [All About the Jersey]

• There are match-fixing allegations against IF Björklöven of Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan after some betting irregularities surfaced during their game Monday. [Sportsnet]

• Look what the Sharks for bringing back for 2020-21:

• No Nick Robertson means a bigger role for Arthur Kaliyev in the U.S. World Junior squad. [The Hockey News]

• Would Travis Hamonic returning to the Flames be a good fit? [Flames Nation]

• Longtime NHLer Cory Stillman is joining the Coyotes as an assistant coach. He has spent the last three years with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. [Coyotes]


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