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PHT Morning Skate: Carlson’s day with the Cup; Offseason winners, losers

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals carries the Stanley Cup in celebration after his team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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

• Rotoworld’s Ryan Dadoun looks at the winners and losers of the offseason so far. A few Canadian teams didn’t do so well this summer. (Rotoworld)

• Who’s the best American player in the NHL right now? The staff from debates. Auston Matthews, Patrick Kane and Blake Wheeler were all in the mix. (

• Ian Cole wasn’t a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets for very long, but his departure leaves the team with a big hole to fill. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Bruins prospect Martin Bakos, who is Slovakian, has always looked up to fellow Slovak Zdeno Chara. (Boston Globe)

• Yesterday was John Carlson’s day with the Stanley Cup. Not only did he bring it to a firehouse, he also visited a children’s hospital, too. (NBC Sports Washington)

• Fun fact: both times the Lightning acquired Matt Carle, they did so on July 4th. The reviews from his time in Tampa are mixed. (Raw Charge)

• Rangers prospect Ty Ronning hasn’t had an easy journey to the NHL, but that’s not surprising when you consider how his father, Cliff, made it to the show. (New York Post)

• John Tortorella is one of the unique personalities in the NHL. He might go a little overboard at times, but the league could use more people like him. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• The San Jose Sharks aren’t panicking after they failed to land John Tavares in free agency. Instead, they’ll use the opportunity and cap space to bring another impact player to town. (NBC Sports California)

• Sarah McLellan looked back at Minnesota’s decisions to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter during free agency six years ago. (Minneapolis StarTribune)


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