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PHT Morning Skate: NHL only option for Rantanen; Coyne Schofield back in broadcast booth

Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche - Game Four

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17: Mikko Rantanen #96 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Calgary Flames in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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

• Restricted free agent Mikko Rantanen says the NHL is his only option this season. (

• Like seemingly every other player asked about teammates without new contracts, Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews is focused on improving game, not Marner’s contract. (Sportsnet)

• The Top 50 NHL players, as decided upon by NHL 20. (Screen Rant)

• Sidney Crosby’s jersey was the biggest seller last season. (Montreal Gazette)

• For the first time in decades, both the NHL and the NHLPA aren’t headed toward mutual destruction. (The Hockey News)

• NHL replaces partner in player, puck tracking. (ESPN)

• Mitch Marner’s contract status looms large over Leafs as camp nears. (

• Kendall Coyne Schofield will join the San Jose Sharks TV broadcast team this season. (

• Sharks’ Evander Kane reflects on ‘thrilling’ Game 7 win over Vegas. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Nugent-Hopkins on Puljujarvi: ‘It’s too bad to see it going down this path’. (Sportsnet)

• Why the NHL’s ‘no soap operas’ ad totally misses the point. (FTW)

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