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PHT Morning Skate: Hextall firing fallout; effect of Schmidt’s return

Watch the Blues and Red Wings face off in the first game of double header on Wednesday Night Hockey on NBCSN (7 P.M. ET) before the Penguins and Avalanche battle later (9:30 P.M. ET).

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

• Ron Hextall’s out as GM. Dave Hakstol remains, for now, head coach. What’s next for the Philadelphia Flyers? [Broad Street Hockey]

• “Much of the criticism surrounding Hextall’s authoritarian command was an unwillingness to listen to differing viewpoints and opinions.” [NBC Philadelphia]

• Ron Francis and Chuck Fletcher are expected to be in the mix as Hextall’s replacement. [TSN]

• As Saturday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline approaches, why the Toronto Maple Leafs have won the William Nylander standoff. [Sportsnet]

• How did Patrik Laine celebrate his five-goal night? With some ice cream, of course. []

• “Now, if Armstrong’s players played like Armstrong talks, the Blues wouldn’t be in this bind. Alas, it was Armstrong himself who assembled this group of players — and Armstrong who will have to fix it.” [Post-Dispatch]

• How a wild schedule helped the Vegas Golden Knights find a little consistency. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Nate Schmidt’s return could have a huge effect on Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller. [Review-Journal]

• Cory Schneider is still looking for answers to his struggles in net for the New Jersey Devils. []

• Alex Chiasson has been one of the few bright spots for the Edmonton Oilers this season. [Oilers Nation]

• “The Buffalo Sabres are not a one-man show, and the parity in talent on this year’s team is thus far helping propel them to success.” [Die by the Blade]

• “Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the $700 million Seattle Center arena project will be ready to house a team in 2020.” [King 5]

• Next week could see the official approval of a Seattle expansion franchise. Here’s what to expect at the Board of Governors meeting. [NHL to Seattle]

• Tanner Pearson is really enjoying his new home with the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Pensburgh]

• Jeremy Colliton is still trying to find the right mix in his lines for the Chicago Blackhawks. [Blackhawk Up]

• Does Gustav Nyquist have a future with the Detroit Red Wings? [MLive]

• Finally, here’s the trailer for the upcoming documentary “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert story”: