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PHT Morning Skate: Panthers QB Cam Newton designs jersey for Charlotte Checkers

Cam Newton Checkers

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• Team USA’s Olympic Women’s Team made their final cuts. A pair of players from the 2014 team didn’t make the final roster this time. (Grand Folks Herald)

• The Panthers helped the Golden Knights get a pretty effective second line with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault. (

• The Islanders might play game at Nassau Coliseau while their new rink is being built. (The Sports Daily)

• Some Red Wings believe their team is playing better this year than they did last year, but the results still aren’t there. (Detroit Free Press)

• Former NHL goalie Corey Hirsch explains how a change of scenery can restore a player’s confidence. (Sportsnet)

• Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton designed the Charlotte Checkers’ latest jersey. (Charlotte Observer)

• Every time Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk is benched or has his ice time cut, he seems to respond with a solid performance. (

• The solution for St. Louis’ scoring woes might be Oilers forward Patrick Maroon. (St. Louis Game-Time)

• Anze Kopitar admits that he’s been able to produce more this season because of a change in system. (OC Register)

• Eddie Olczyk could have kept his cancer diagnosis a secret, but he decided to go public with it because he wants to be help those who might be going through the same thing. (Sporting News)

• It’s time for the Arizona Coyotes to show some progress. (Fan Rag Sports)


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