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PHT Morning Skate: Kessel ready for leadership role; Guentzel aiming for offense

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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

• Gritty celebrates Philadelphia by dressing up as some of the city’s iconic figures. [Philadelphia Magazine]

• Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL. (The Score)

• Kessel ready to take on a leadership role, despite not being the ‘rah-rah’ type. (Sportsnet)

• Taking stock of the NHL goaltending picture. (

• Brian Boyle is expecting a contract to come one cap picture settles itself. (

• A look at how Dion Phaneuf changed the NHL timeline. (Puck Prose)

• Jake Guentzel is looking at taking a bigger offensive role on the new-look Penguins. (

• Ron Francis, the type of leader you want to build your franchise around. (Sportsnet)

• The NHL’s top 10 regression candidates for 2019-20. (The Athletic)

• Leafs’ cap stickhandling a cruel reminder of Canucks moves gone by. (Canoe)

• Panarin’s Putin criticism is rare for Russian athletes. (RadioFreeEurope)

• Exactly How Good Is Kasperi Kapanen? (Editor in Leaf)

• O’Ree humbled by consideration for Congressional Gold Medal. (

• The Penguins need to make a trade to solve their salary cap crunch. (Pensburgh)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck