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PHT Morning Skate: More magic from Gallagher; Is Ovi thinking about retirement?

Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals - Game Seven

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before playing against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI 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

• Alex Ovechkin isn’t thinking of retirement just yet. (

• The Canadiens are hoping that Brendan Gallagher turns in another incredible performance this season. (TSN)

• The trainer who helped Patrick Kane produce a career year is now working with Avs forward J.T. Compher. (Denver Post)

• The Blues have to be careful with Ivan Barbashev’s new contract. (Bleedin Blue)

• Is fighting in hockey almost extinct? (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Oilers Nation wrote an open letter to disgruntled forward Jesse Puljujarvi. (Oilers Nation)

• The 2008-09 edition of the San Jose Sharks was the best squad in franchise history. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Is it time for the Minnesota Wild to rebuild? (Hockey Wilderness)


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