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PHT Morning Skate: How the Sabres rebuild went horribly wrong

Winnipeg Jets v Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 9: Jack Eichel #15 and Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the Buffalo Sabres in play against the Winnipeg Jets at the KeyBank Center on January 9, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. The Jets beat the Sabres 7-4. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/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

• Goalies David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell were added to Team USA’s roster for the upcoming Olympic Games. (NBC Sports)

• New Hurricanes owner Thomas Dundon admitted that the first thing he wants to do is improve fan experience in Carolina. (News & Observer)

• Jessica Platt is the first transgender woman to play in the CWHL and she’s happy to pave the way for others. (ESPN)

• Former NHLer Matt Johnson was arrested for allegedly causing $1900 worth of damages at a restaurant in California on New Year’s Eve. (

• Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa will miss up to two months of action after tearing ligaments in his hand. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• The Blackhawks believe there’s plenty of untapped potential in Anthony Duclair’s game. (NBC Sports Chicago)

• Which teams are legitimate contenders? Sportsnet’s Dimitri Filipovic has data that might surprise you. (Sportsnet)

• Jonathan Huberdeau has been shooting the puck a lot more and the results have been impressive. (Fan Rag Sports)

• Coyotes GM John Chayka made some interesting comments about trading Duclair away. “My job is to build a team here and part of building a team is getting players that go out and work hard every night and are coachable.” (Arizona Sports 98.7 FM)

• Even though NHL players won’t be going to the Olympics, Peter Forsberg still believes the hockey will be entertaining. (

• NHL players won’t be heading to the Olympics, but that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine what Team Russia would look like if they were able to send their best players. (Bruins Daily)

• The Rangers need to find defense pairings that could limit the damage against in games. (Blue Seat Blogs)

• AHL referee Tim Mayer is thrilled about going to the Olympics. (

• Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier is hoping to use his stint in the minors to regain confidence. (The Sports Daily)

• Kings and Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle has been able to come away with some pretty cool experiences over the last couple of years. (

• Over the last couple of years, the Sabres have shown us what not to do during a rebuild. (Sporting News)


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