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PHT Morning Skate: Keeping Blues together; Who can Pens trade?

St Louis Blues Victory Parade & Rally

ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 15: St. Louis Blues players celebrate during the St Louis Blues Victory Parade and Rally after winning the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on June 15, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Nic Antaya/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

• Tyson Barrie believes he’s a perfect fit for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

• The NHL is claiming that Steve Montador’s brain injuries were caused by “his own lack of due care and fault”. (TSN)

• How will Robin Lehner’s arrival in Chicago affect Corey Crawford’s future? (NBC Sports Chicago)

• Who can the Penguins trade to upgrade their roster? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

• The Blues should look to the Bruins for guidance on how to keep their championship team together. (St. Louis Dispatch)

• The Rangers have $8 million in cap space, but they have to sign four important restricted free agents. (Blue Seat Blogs)

• Marc Bergevin has struggled to attract free agents to Montreal, so he tried to get the job done another way. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• The Golden Knights could trade talented Russian forward Nikita Gusev. (Review Journal)

• The Isles should be one of the teams trying to get Gusev out of Vegas. (Light House Hockey)

• The relationship between the Isles and Robin Lehner didn’t end very well. (The Sports Daily)

• Rick Tocchet is excited to get to work with Phil Kessel again. (AZ Central)

• The Hockey News breaks down 10 players that could bounce back after signing new contracts. (The Hockey News)

• Acquiring Tyson Barrie finally improves the Toronto Maple Leafs’ blue line. (NHL)

• Elias Pettersson should be the next captain of the Vancouver Canucks. (Canucks Army)

• How can the Kings get more out of Ilya Kovalchuk? (Jewels from the Crown)

• Wayne Simmonds is looking forward to proving his doubters wrong. (

• The Win Column breaks down the ridiculous goalie carousel in Philadelphia. (The Win Column)


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