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PHT Morning Skate: How NHL can award Stanley Cup; Will cap decrease?

2020 NHL All-Star - NHL Fan Fair & Mascot Showdown

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 23: The Stanley Cup is seen at Fan Fair during the 2020 NHL All-Star weekend at St. Louis Union Station on January 23, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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

• One NHL coach explains what this pause is like for him. “I can’t speak for every team, but I think most teams, their staff is being told, ‘If you feel you need to go to your house outside your city, then go ahead.’” (Sportsnet)

• If there’s a long delay in the season, hockey trainer Dan Ninkovich believes the NHL should pull the plug on the season. (Ottawa Citizen)

• How can the NHL award the Stanley Cup if play resumes? (Broad Street Hockey)

• Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz is confident that his management team will be able to figure out the issues the team has been having. (NBC Sports Chicago)

• This Russian great grandmother discovered her passion for playing hockey at 80 years old. (Reuters)

• PHT’s Adam Gretz breaks down one of Mario Lemieux’s underrated goals. (Pensburgh)

• The NHL’s reduced revenue could result in the salary cap decreasing. (My NHL Trade Rumors)

• The ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks explain what life was like for them leading up to the league’s decision to cancel play. (KC Mavericks)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.