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PHT Morning Skate: Joe Biden the hockey fan; RIP Howie Meeker

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: The 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden are shown in attendance at a NHL game between Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals on December 21, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHLI via Getty Images

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at

• Joe Biden is not only President-elect of the United States, he’s also a big puck fan. [RMNB]

• Oskar Lindblom and his Flyers teammates look back on the forward’s cancer battle. [NHLPA]

• Bill Daly says that the NHL’s objective is to start next season Jan. 1. [TSN]

• Howie Meeker, a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Maple Leafs and a Hockey Night in Canada personality died Sunday at age 97. He was a Calder Trophy winner and honored wit the Foster Hewitt Award in 1997. [CBC]

• He has likely one more contract left in his NHL career. So what will Alex Ovechkin’s next deal with the Capitals look like? [PHT]

• Examining the Avalanche’s salary cap situation with some big extensions ahead. [PHT]

• Dealing with their own COVID-19 issues, the QMJHL has moved seven teams to a bubble in Quebec’s Videotron Centre from Nov. 17-27. [QMJHL]

• With free agency coming to a slowdown, looking at how the depth of the Maple Leafs shakes out. [Sportsnet]

• Henrik Lundqvist unveiled his sweet, sweet Capitals themed goalie pads over the weekend. []

• There’s a good chance Oskar Klefbom’s shoulder keeps him out of the Oilers’ lineup next season. [Edmonton Journal]

• What Ryan Strome’s $9M deal means for the Rangers going forward. [NY Post]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.