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PHT Morning Skate: Panarin’s indecision; Ovechkin takes Cup to Red Square

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• Does Artemi Panarin want to spend the next 8 years in Columbus? A Q&A with agent Daniel Milstein. (The Athletic)

• Up top, you can see Alex Ovechkin taking the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. You can read more about the Cup’s exploits thus far here.

• Ovechkin also took the Stanley Cup into Red Square in Moscow for fun. (

• It’s that time of the year where a lull in the game of hockey exists while the warm weather takes over. Here are some nine things for Edmonton Oilers fans to read while they hope for a bounce-back season. (Edmonton Journal)

• John Tortorella. He’s controversial, funny, rude, edgy and the one coach in the NHL that’s a must-listen every night if you love the potential for drama. Maybe the NHL needs more Torts? (The Hockey Writers)

• This is great: Quadriplegic artist makes McDavid pictures with a magnifying glass, wood. (

• Power Rankings? Sure, why not. Here’s Sportsnet’s take on who has improved the most this offseason (hint: Tavares). (Sportsnet)

• Coyotes optimistic after Galchenyuk, Grabner additions, the return of OEL and their strong finish to the end of the regular season. (

• Stanley Cup odds for the 2018-19 season? Yeah, they’re starting to trickle in. (The Hockey News)

• Halifax, Truro looking to host 2020 women’s world hockey championship. (The Chronicle Herald)

• Former New York Rangers forward is leading the push for concussion reform in the NHL. (Forever Blueshirts)

• The folks over at FanSided have graded the Vegas Golden Knights’ free agent signings thus far. (FanSided)

• The free agent frenzy might be over, but there’s still talent left unsigned at this point. The Hockey News breaks down the best of the rest. (The Hockey News)

• Lou Lamoriello says he respects John Tavares’ decision to leave the New York Islanders for the Toronto Maple Leafs after becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1. (

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck