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PHT Morning Skate: Marchand’s best heel moments; Tarasenko rolling

Take a look back at the path the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues took to reach the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

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• Bruce Cassidy and Craig Berube are thankful for the second chances they received in coaching. (

• ESPN breaks down Brad Marchand’s top 25 heel moments. (ESPN)

• Rotoworld’s Corey Abbott examines what went wrong with the New York Rangers in 2018-19. (Rotoworld)

• Flames forward Sam Bennett could be the recipient of an offer sheet this summer. (Sportsnet)

• Even though he’s battling an injury, Wes McCauley was still named to the Stanley Cup Final officiating crew. (Scouting the Refs)

• Bruce Cassidy’s failure as a head coach with the Capitals made him a better coach with the Bruins. (Washington Post)

• How does Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas use the ECHL to develop NHL players? (Pension Plan Puppets)

• Did the Islanders do the right thing by locking up Brock Nelson to a six-year extension? (Lighthouse Hockey)

• It sounds like Jacques Martin will be returning to the Pittsburgh Penguins next season. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

• Bruce Cassidy had quite a bit of success with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. (

• The Sabres should be very cautious about signing unrestricted free-agent defensemen. (Die by the Blade)

• Avs GM Joe Sakic has several extra draft picks that he could use to improve his team. (Mile High Hockey)

• Should the Vancouver Canucks go after pending unrestricted free agent Jake Gardiner? (Canucks Army)

• Cam Neely’s career as a president is deserving of a Hall of Fame nomination. (WEEI)

• Patrice Bergeron is a Boston icon. (Bruins Daily)

• With Vladimir Tarasenko rolling, the Blues have a chance to win it all. (Yahoo)

• The plan to have a unified Korean team at the Olympics has stalled. (

• How can Eeli Tolvanen get through these growing pains? (On the Forecheck)

• Bobby Clarke’s old house, which includes a Flyers shaped pool, is on the market. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)


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