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PHT Morning Skate: How the Capitals can repeat next season

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates around the rink with the Stanley Cup followed by teammates (L-R) John Carlson #74, Michal Kempny #6 and Andre Burakovsky #65 after Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Capitals defeated the Golden Knights 4-3 and won the series four games to one. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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• For the first time in his NHL career, Cam Ward is playing somewhere other than Carolina. He’s still trying to get used to being in Chicago, but he’s already enjoying his time there. (Daily Herald)

• Cody Ceci is looking for $6 million ahead of his arbitration hearing, while the Senators are countering at $3.35 million. (Silver Seven Sens)

• The Boston Bruins should have looked at trying to move David Krejci’s contract this summer. (98.5 The Sports Hub)

• TSN’s Travis Yost breaks down the reasons why he feels Brock Boeser will be a huge part of the Vancouver Canucks organization going forward. (

• Jarome Iginla made sure to put in a lot of time and effort in his journey to becoming an incredible NHLer. As his close friends confirmed, he always stayed grounded, even when he became extremely successful. (Flames Nation)

• Even though most of the big moves have already been made this summer, there’s a chance that the Carolina Hurricanes can make a move that has a huge effect on the NHL power structure. (The Hockey News)

• Brandon Montour benefitted when the Ducks benched Kevin Bieksa because it allowed the youngster to skate on a pairing with Cam Fowler. (Anaheim Calling)

• Now that Trevor Linden is no longer with the Canucks, the organization’s future is in the hands of team owner Francesco Aquilini and coach Jim Benning. (Featurd)

• Shea Theodore talked about the stability that playing for Vegas gave him and what it was like to play in the Stanley Cup Final. He also touched on the chances of the NHL heading to Seattle. (NHL to Seattle)

• There’s a few specific things the Capitals will have to do if they want to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. First, they’ll have to keep playing flawless hockey in the neutral zone. Secondly, they’ll need Alex Ovechkin to keep being their lead guy, and they need new head coach Todd Reirden to fit in perfectly in his role. (

• Not having Shea Weber in the lineup is going to be a major issue for the Montreal Canadiens. There’s just no way for them to fill that hole. (The Hockey Writers)

• Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt has shown that he’s fully capable of coming away with the Calder Trophy next season. (Buffalo Hockey Central)

• Jeopardy! could be looking for a new host in 2020 if Alex Trebek decides not to sign an extension. Trebek has already suggested that Kings play-by-play voice Alex Faust could replace him on Jeopardy! down the road. (Fox Sports)


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