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PHT Morning Skate: Marody’s tribute to Cave; Markstrom’s future

Blake Bolden and Anson Carter discuss the formation of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and how it gives players voices, paves the way for change in the league and helps diversify the sport.

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• Cooper Marody, who played with the late Colby Cave with AHL Bakersfield this season, will release the song “Agape” in his honor later this week. “Colby always had the biggest smile on his face. He was upbeat and positive. He saw me down and out, he’d say, ‘Hang in there, you’ve got this, you’ll be back better than ever.” [Sportsnet]

• Jim Benning wants to keep Jacob Markstrom, a pending UFA this offseason, in the fold: “My intent is to figure out something that works for him and us.” [Vancouver Province]

• When he stepped away from the Senators in November, Bobby Ryan believed he had played his last game in the NHL. [Ottawa Citizen]

• While announcing he does not plan to hire a President of Hockey Operations, Canadiens owner Geoff Molson reaffirmed his commitment to Marc Bergevin as the team’s GM. [TSN]

• On Tuukka Rask, “quiet eye” and the Bruins’ potential this summer. [Boston Herald]

• The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the NHL Coaches’ Association to take its annual coaching clinic online. [Forbes]

• Examining Marcus Foligno’s case for a nice contract extension with the Wild. [Zone Coverage]

• The soon-to-be-built arena for the Golden Knights’ AHL teams looks pretty, pretty good. [Sin Bin Vegas]


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