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PHT Morning Skate: Lessons from 2021 deadline; new dad Kessel extends streak

2021 deadline

BOSTON, MA - MAY 29: Taylor Hall #71 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders in Game One of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 29, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins won 5-2. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/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.

• Which moves at the 2021 NHL trade deadline worked and which ones did not? [The Score]

• Phil Kessel left Tuesday’s game after one shift to be with his wife as she gave birth to their child. Getting on the ice that short time allowed Kessel to extend his consecutive games played streak to 956. [Arizona Sports]

• The Capitals released a statement condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. [NBC Sports Washington]

• Semyon Varlamov’s play could make him attractive to potential suitors looking to upgrade in net. [NY Hockey Now]

• How does the Wild’s recent slump affect GM Bill Guerin’s approach to the trade deadline? [Daily Faceoff]

• Canadiens GM Kent Hughes on the trade deadline, Martin St. Louis’ job as interim head coach, Carey Price and more. [Sportsnet]

• A look at why the offensive zone has given the Golden Knights issues this season. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• The Olympics put Jamie Lee Rattray’s talents on full display. [The Hockey News]

• Jakob Chychrun appears to be off the Maple Leafs’ radar. [The Leafs Nation]

• Jack Drury and Jordan Spence are among the top AHL prospects in the game right now. [NBC Sports Edge]


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