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PHT Morning Skate: Matthews talks captaincy; Handzus to retire

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• See Erik Karlsson in a whole new light.

• Auston Matthews talks about potentially wearing the ‘C’ for the Toronto Maple Leafs. [TSN]

• On the importance of local ownership for an NHL team in Seattle. [Sonics Rising]

• A report out of Slovakia has longtime NHLer Michal Handzus hanging up his skates for good later this week. [Second City Hockey]

• With an extension due to him soon, the case for the Winnipeg Jets trading Blake Wheeler. [Jets Nation]

• Leon Draisaitl on the Edmonton Oilers’ playoff prospects for 2018-19: “I think we’re too good of a team where we’re not at least competing in the playoffs or not in the race.” [Sportsnet]

• Barry Trotz is feeling very confident that the New York Islanders can still score despite John Tavares now wearing a Maple Leafs jersey. [Point Blank]

• Jim Corsi joins the Columbus Blue Jackets organization as goaltending development coach. [Blue Jackets]

• Can the New Jersey Devils find a way back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs next spring? [Featurd]

• Pontus Aberg as the next William Karlsson? Hmm… [Pass it to Bulis]

• An in-depth look at Wayne Simmonds’ future, and does it include him remaining with the Philadelphia Flyers? [Broad Street Hockey]

• Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar has assisted in creating the Humboldt Broncos Memorial golf tournament. [Avalanche]

• Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak draws plenty of inspiration from his Olympic gold medal winning younger sister. [NHLPA]

• The Fort Wayne Komets will be the ECHL affiliate for the Vegas Golden Knights. [Golden Knights]


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