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PHT Morning Skate: Memorial Cup canceled; Hextall’s deadline with Penguins

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck has been at it again recently, leading the Jets to second place in the North Division and sitting third in the league in wins.

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• The CHL has canceled the Memorial Cup for the second straight year due to COVID-19. [Sportsnet]

• For his first trade deadline as Penguins GM, Ron Hextall did pretty, pretty good. [Pensburgh]

• There’s a chance that Tuukka Rask returns to the Bruins’ crease Thursday vs. the Islanders. [CBS Sports Boston]

• On the Wild’s trade deadline approach: “Given a choice to get better now or better in the future, Guerin chose neither. Being in a holding pattern doesn’t doom them to mediocrity for good, but it does mean they reside in the mushy middle for another few months, at least.” [Zone Coverage]

• The Alex Iafallo re-signing shows that the Kings are building a contender. [The Hockey News]

• A Carey Price return would do wonders for the Habs’ confidence. [The Hockey Writers]

• Will a move to Montreal revitalize Erik Gustafsson? [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• Interesting look at the importance of the neutral zone. [Gotham Sports Network]

• How does the North Division stack up post-deadline? [Oilers Nation]


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