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PHT Morning Skate: Kane on leave from HDA; inside Ovechkin extension talks

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SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks prepares to face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center on February 29, 2020 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.

• The Hockey Diversity Alliance has announced Evander Kane is on voluntary leave as the NHL investigates allegations made against him that he bet on games, including against his own team. [TSN]

• A number of Kane’s Sharks teammates reportedly do not want the forward back next season. [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• How much longer will this Capitals’ Stanley Cup window remain open? [PHT]

• An interesting look at how Alex Ovechkin’s five-year extension came together. [ESPN]

• What is Morgan Rielly’s future in Toronto after the 2021-22 season? [Full Press Hockey]

• Stan Bowman is eager to see Marc-Andre Fleury between the pipes for the Blackhawks this season. []

• The PWHPA has announced the third Dream Gap Tour with a planned 5-6 stops in 2021-22. [The Ice Garden]

• Carey Price’s wife, Angela, thought for sure the goaltender was headed for Seattle. [Sportsnet]

• Out the NHL, John Tortorella is heading back to television. [Awful Announcing]


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