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PHT Morning Skate: Murray on Ducks’ rebuild; Kessel out with foot injury


GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 24: Trevor Zegras #46 of the Anaheim Ducks skates in to celebrate with Jakob Silfverberg #33 and Josh Mahura #76 of the Ducks after Mahura’s goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL hockey game at Gila River Arena on February 24, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Ducks GM Bob Murray on the state of his team: “We’re rebuilding.” [OC Register]

• NHL finds Evander Kane did not bet on games; still under separate investigation. [PHT]

• Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe on the team’s disappointing end to last season: “There’s no forgetting and there’s learning to move it forward. We can recite the fact that we did a number of great things last season and we’re not here to change the foundation as we laid as a team last year.” [The Hockey News]

• Phil Kessel will miss Coyotes training camp while dealing with a foot injury. [The Score]

• Why the NHL should change from the emergency backup goalie system to a taxi squad of netminders for each team. [Daily Faceoff]

• Eric Staal is not ready to retire and is hoping to catch on with a U.S.-based team. [TSN]

• Originally expected back from shoulder surgery in November or December, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says Max Domi is ahead of schedule. [1st Ohio Battery]

• Alex Galchenyuk will be heading to Coyotes camp on a tryout. [Five for Howling]

• The Canucks opened camp without Quinn Hughes or Elias Pettersson in attendance. [Sportsnet]


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