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PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin’s new cereal; Fighting continues to decrease

Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals - Game Seven

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals leaves the ice following a defeat by the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Capital One Arena on April 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Hurricanes defeated the Capitals 4-3 in the second overtime period to move on to Round Two of the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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• The Calgary Flames are one step closer to getting a new arena. (Calgary Herald)

• Check out the top 11 underappreciated individual seasons in NHL history. (Edit One Nine)

• Alex Ovechkin will have a cereal named after him. How do you feel about Ovi O’s? (NBC Sports Washington)

• The Oilers need to get the most out of Connor McDavid every year, but how much can they play him next season? (TSN)

• Fighting continues to decrease in the NHL. (ESPN)

• The Hockey News shares a list of the top 5 2020 NHL Draft prospects playing at the Summer Showcase. (The Hockey News)

• Golden Knights GM George McPhee mishandled another Russian player in Nikita Gusev. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Andrei Vasilevskiy’s new contract is great news for Penguins goalie Matt Murray. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

• That new contract makes Vasilevskiy even more important to the Lightning. (Raw Charge)

• With Vasilevskiy making $9.5 million per year on his new deal, Tuukka Rask doesn’t look so overpaid anymore. (NBC Sports Boston)

• Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has to find a way to get his team under the salary cap. (Blue Shirt Banter)

• Dylan Strome is looking to build on his impressive season with the Blackhawks. (NHL)

• The Blackhawks are starting to look much different after the moves Stan Bowman made over the summer. (Daily Herald)

• Jack and Quinn Hughes have both been drafted into the NHL and their brother, Luke, is the next one looking to make it. (Sportsnet)

• How will Alain Vigneault utilize his goalies this season? (Broadstreet Hockey)

• Puck Junk used the FaceApp on some classic hockey cards. (Puck Junk)

• The Devils only have one good faceoff guy on their roster. (All About the Jersey)

• How unlucky were the Vancouver Canucks in 2018-19? (Vancourier)

• Here’s the Ice Garden’s all-time CWHL first-team. (Ice Garden)

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to miss veteran Ron Hainsey. (Leafs Nation)

• The hockey world is looking to shed their “white” label. (Seattle Times)

• Which players should the Arizona Coyotes pick up on PTOs? (Five for Howling)


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