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PHT Morning Skate: Kane investigation update; NHL in Mexico?

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SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 12: Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks skates during warmups against the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center on April 12, 2021 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• “An investigation of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane over allegations he violated the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols centers around a fake vaccination card he allegedly submitted.” [Front Office Sports]

• According to Darren Dreger, “ongoing discussions and additional access to [Jack] Eichel’s medical file has helped teams with trade interest clearly see his situation. He adds that both the Sabres and Eichel are hopeful a deal can be worked out soon with one of the interested teams.” [TSN]

• Looking to expand its Latino fan base, the NHL is exploring hosting preseason and regular season games in Mexico. [ESPN]

• Alexis Lafrenière is eager for some real bonding time on the road this season with his Rangers teammates. [LoHud]

• A serious shoulder injury could keep Senators forward Colin White out for the season. [Ottawa Sun]

• Josh Ho-Sang has signed a one-year AHL deal with the Toronto Marlies. [Sportsnet]

• Mika Zibanejad, Victor Hedman, and Gabriel Landeskog are the first three players named to the Swedish Olympic team. []

• Auston Matthews’ wrist, the Stars’ goaltending situation, and other storylines to watch with six days to go until Opening Night. [NBC Sports Edge]

• After a successful PTO, Alex Galchenyuk has signed a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Coyotes. [Five for Howling]

• Kings rookie Quinton Byfield was helped off the ice Tuesday night after suffering a lower-body injury. [CBC]


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