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PHT Morning Skate: Nervous about Marner; Tortorella under microscope

Tampa Bay Lightning v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Four

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 16: Head Coach John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets talks to the media following Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 7-3 to win the series 4-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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

• The Canucks want to get RFA Brock Boeser signed before the start of training camp. (Vancouver Sun)

• Should the Maple Leafs be nervous about the way things are trending with Mitch Marner? (Deadspin)

• The Seattle NHL team will get their official name sometime in 2020. looks at how other teams were named. (

• Adding Derick Brassard to their lineup gives the New York Islanders some depth down the middle. (The Sports Daily)

• Jim Benning opted for a little revisionist history when he met the media this week. (Vancourier)

• The Hurricanes want to know if Justin Williams is planning on coming back or not. (News & Observer)

• The “Miracle on Ice” team is coming to Las Vegas on February 22nd. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• There’s plenty of new faces behind the benches around the NHL, but how does each new head coach fit his team. (The Score)

• Here’s a detailed breakdown of the Buffalo Sabres’ new 50th anniversary jerseys. (Hockey by Design)

• Hilary Knight explains why a lot of female hockey players are sitting out the 2019-20 season. (Sports Pro Media)

• Henrik Lundqvist supports the Swedish Women’s boycott of the upcoming Five Nations Tournament and training camp. (Blue Shirt Banter)

• The Sharks need to win a Stanley Cup before their core gets too old. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• John Tortorella will be under the microscope this season. (1st Ohio Battery)

• Take a look at the NHL 20 series’ franchise mode. (Operations Sports)

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