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PHT Morning Skate: McDavid talks linemates; statue for Gallant?


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• So Dominik Hasek has an energy drink out. Or something. [Roman Jedlicka]

• Connor McDavid on finding the right linemates: “It’s funny that we’re still talking about it. It’s been three years now. I was able to find a little chemistry with Nuge and Ty Rattie at the end of the year. You hope to come into training camp and stay with someone and build your game with someone.” [National Post]

• Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli on signing RFA Darnell Nurse: “He is a player we want to get signed and we will sign.” [Oilers]

• Bill Foley wants the Vegas Golden Knights to be the “team of the Rockies.” [Las Vegas Sun]

• Summerside, Prince Edward Island is considering erecting a statue for hometown boy Gerard Gallant. [The Guardian]

• Can a new coach help Jason Spezza thrive in Dallas? [Dallas Morning News]

• Five ways this upcoming season could go for the Ottawa Senators. [Ottawa Senators]

• Jeff Skinner is in Buffalo. Now what for the Carolina Hurricanes? [Section 328]

• Jake Voracek had a fantastic 2017-18 season. So why the criticism? [Broad Street Hockey]

• The 2019 IIHF World Championship schedule has been released. The U.S. opens vs. Slovakia while Canada plays Finland to start the tournament. [IIHF]

• A look ahead at some potential trade deadline additions for the Boston Bruins. [CBS Boston]

• The newest member of the New York Rangers has four legs and is a very good boy. [Rangers]

• The case for a long-term deal for Sam Reinhart. [Die by the Blade]

• Could Reinhart’s extension be a comparable for Jake Guentzel’s next deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins? [Pensburgh]

• There will be a ton of kids on the Vancouver Canucks roster. Sam Gagner is ready to assist. [The Hockey News]

• This list of bad UFA signings by the Calgary Flames is…yeesh. [Flames Nation]

• It’s almost time to reveal their third jersey, which means the New York Islanders should avoid bringing back the fish sticks logo. [NY Isles Blog]

• Is it time for Madison Bowey to make his mark on the Washington Capitals’ blue line? [Friends in Cold Places]

• Finally, NHLers reveal their favorite pets: