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PHT Morning Skate: No friends in the bubble; Kraken reaction

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• There will be no friends inside the NHL’s bubbles. Said Ryan O’Reilly: “Once you go on the ice it’s a war. I don’t think it’ll be too friendly around the bubble.” [TSN]

• The Maple Leafs are eager to dive deep into their closets and show off their personalities with no dress code during the Return to Play. [Sportsnet]

• Former Seattle senior advisor Dave Tippett is happy to see the Kraken moving in the right direction when it comes to preparing to enter the NHL. []

• A deep look at how NHL Seattle landed on Kraken. [ESPN]

• “The team chose a really-great logo that looks a lot like the letter ‘S’ but with an eye in it. And the secondary logo is even better because it is a ship anchor.” [Puck Junk]

• A first-half heater followed by a second-half slump. What will the Oilers get from James Neal against the Blackhawks? [Oilers Nation]

• Scrimmage time is allowing the Predators to gain confidence ahead of their meeting with the Coyotes. [Predators]

• Why Tomas Nosek could have opted out for the Golden Knights but chose to play. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Could Pavel Buchnevich turn into a trade chip for the Rangers this off-season? [Blue Seat Blogs]


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