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PHT Morning Skate: Matthews’ disorderly conduct charge; What’s next in CBA negotiations?

NHL: SEP 18 Preseason - Maple Leafs at Senators

OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 18: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) during warm-up before National Hockey League preseason action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on September 18, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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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

• Auston Matthews is facing disorderly conduct charge in Arizona. (TSN)

• Taylor Hall and the Devils continue to discuss the possibility of a contract extension. (

• All the recent RFA signings should help the Jets and Patrik Laine figure out a new contract. (Winnipeg Free Press)

• Sidney Crosby tries to explain his version of load management. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

• The Oilers are relieved to see Connor McDavid back in the lineup. (Edmonton Journal)

• What’s next when it comes to CBA discussions between the NHL and NHLPA? (Featurd)

• The fact that the NHLPA decided not to terminate the current CBA early is kind of miraculous. (Seattle Times)

• Find out what Gritty did during his birthday bash! (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• The Golden Knights’ preseason TV ratings are ridiculously high. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Who is the best passer in the NHL? Andrew Berkshire analyzes the date for Sportsnet. (Sportsnet)

• What does the addition of Justin Faulk mean for the St. Louis Blues? (Bleedin’ Blue)

• Here’s why the Carolina Hurricanes could win the Stanley Cup in 2019-20. (Cardiac Cane)


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