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PHT Morning Skate: Nylander ‘can’t wait’ to play; Goalies struggling

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Four

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Nylander

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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

• Seattle mayor Jenny Durkin is convinced that the arena renovation will be completed in time for 2020. (The Hockey News)

• William Nylander is excited to get back to the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I can’t wait to be back. It has been a crazy ride. I wish it would have been done earlier, but I’m very happy to be back with the best fans in the league. I’m very excited.” (Toronto Sun)

• The Chicago Blackhawks are planning to go “all in” to get forward Artemi Panarin back. (Daily Herald)

• The Preds will be without leading scorer Filip Forsberg for four-to-six weeks because of an upper-body injury. (

• The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ice Hockey team has inspired change after the heartbreaking tragedy that occurred at the school. (Sports Illustrated)

• Jamie Benn’s improved play has helped put the Dallas Stars back in the playoff picture. (Dallas Morning News)

• Moving to Toronto helped the Hughes brothers develop their passion for hockey. (Toronto Sun)

• A lot of the teams around the NHL are getting terrible goaltending this season. But why is that? (Yahoo)

• Despite the fact that doctors said former enforcer Todd Ewen didn’t have CTE, a new analysis proved that he did. (New York Times)

• Brady Tkachuk has already developed into one of the best net-front players in the NHL. (The Point)

• The closer you look at Kevin Shattenkirk’s game, the more you realize it’s a bit messy. (Blue Seat Blogs)


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