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PHT Morning Skate: Overworking Vasilevskiy; Olympian Butler on viral hug

Switzerland Ice Hockey Spengler Cup

Former NHL player Mark Streit and mascot Hitsch during a farewell ceremony prior to the game between Team Suisse and HC Davos at the 91st Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)


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 Mark Streit groupies are everywhere.

• Are the Tampa Bay Lightning overworking Andrei Vasilevskiy? Jon Cooper doesn’t think so. [Tampa Bay Times]

• The Edmonton Oilers don’t need to blow it up, they just need to regroup. [Oilers Nation]

• Congrats to Milan Hejduk, who had his No. 23 raised to the rafters at Pepsi Center on Saturday night. [Denver Post]

• It was 20 years ago that Chris Bourque was rooting for his dad and Canada in the 1998 Olympics. Now he’ll be representing the U.S. [Olympic Talk]

• U.S. Olympian Bobby Butler talks about the viral moment when he told his dad he would be representing his country in PyeongChang. [Sporting News]

• Canada will announce their Olympic roster later this week and thanks to an agreement with the CHL there could be some junior players making the team. [The Hockey News]

• Tweaks could be coming to the NHL Skills Competition. [Sportsnet]

• A deep look at just how bad things are for the Buffalo Sabres this season. [Buffalo News]

• What Patrik Laine is doing with the Winnipeg Jets is quite special. [FanRag Sports]

• It didn’t take long for Adam Henrique to settle in with the Anaheim Ducks. [OC Register]


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