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PHT Morning Skate: High praise for Caufield; Top bounce-back candidates

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Cole Caufield, center right, smiles after being chosen by the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the NHL hockey draft Friday, June 21, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)


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• Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato had a lot of great things to say about Cole Caufield. (Montreal Gazette)

• Is it time for the the Capitals to give Ilya Samsonov some NHL starts? (NBC Sports Washington)

• Andrei Vasilevskiy’s eight-year deal appears to be long, but it’s not that long when you consider his age. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Brian Dumoulin is an underrated player for the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Pensburgh)

• What type of value do some of the Winnipeg Jets’ contracts have? (Jets Nation)

• Ron Hextall would be a good fit as GM of the Minnesota Wild. (Hockey Wilderness)

• Who are the top bounce-back candidates in the NHL this season? (

• The Ottawa Senators are playing games with the salary cap and it’s not right. (ESPN)

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