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PHT Morning Skate: Letang in COVID-19 protocol; Mangiapane’s development

Losers of the first six games of the season, the Blackhawks have had an abysmal start as the only NHL team besides Arizona that still remains winless. Sean Leahy dives into what's gone wrong so far in the Windy City.

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.

• It was an eventful day for the Penguins on Monday. Kris Letang tested positive for COVID-19; Sidney Crosby practiced fully as he inches closer to a return; and Bryan Rust continues to progress from a lower-body injury that put him on injured reserve. [Tribune-Review]

• Don Granato sees a lot of potential in his Sabres roster. So far, the wins keep coming. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• The Canadian women topped the U.S. 3-2 in the second game of the My Why tour Monday night in Hartford. The win was Canada’s fourth in a row over the Americans. [On Her Turf]

• Cory Schneider was placed on waivers Monday, which means Semyon Varlamov is ready to return for the Islanders. [TSN]

• Andrew Mangiapane continues making an impact with the Flames. [Sportsnet]

• Why Mats Zuccarello’s five-year, $30 million contract is looking good right now. [Zone Coverage]

• The Kraken’s AHL affiliate in Coachella Valley will reveal its name, logo, colors, and mascot next week. [KESQ]

• The NHLand the NHLPA have agreed to long-term extensions of their licenses with The Upper Deck Company to continue producing trading cards and NFT trading cards in the future. [NHL]

• Who are the best playmakers in the NHL today? [Bleacher Report]

• Mason McTavish, Denis Gurianov, and Philip Tomasino are among the player hiding under the radar around the NHL. [Yardbarker]


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