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PHT Morning Skate: Penguins to interview Hextall; what’s next for NWHL?

Brad Marchand and Boston, as well as the Flyers and other members of the hockey community, are raising funds and coming together to support hockey player A.J. Quetta, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a HS game.

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• Chris Drury is out, Ron Hextall is in as the Penguins’ GM search continues. [TSN]

• In the wake of the NWHL ending its season prematurely, where does the league go from here? [The Hockey News]

• “We felt we had no choice.” The Connecticut Whale pulled out of the 2021 NWHL season due to multiple COVID-19 cases. [The Ice Garden]

• Doug Armstrong says Mike Babcock will not coach Canada’s 2022 Olympic team and that “youth will be served.” [National Post]

• Roberto Luongo is thrilled to be part of the Canadian Olympic staff. [Florida Hockey Now]

• Tyler Toffoli has had a dream start to his tenure with the Canadiens. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• Jim Benning’s explanation for why the Canucks failed to re-sign Toffoli is quite damning. [Pass it to Bulis]

• The Maple Leafs’ power play success this reason can be tied back to Manny Malhotra’s influence. [Sportsnet]

• Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev has a strong debut, and will now further develop in the AHL. [Mayor’s Manor]

• “The Carolina Hurricanes are making a sizable investment in a girls youth hockey program, announcing Wednesday that $215,000 would be spent as part of the NHL Industry Growth Fund. Alyssa Gagliardi, the Hurricanes’ Girls’ and Women’s Hockey Specialist, will direct the program, which begins in March.” [News and Observer]

• A good examination of how Peter Laviolette is using his fourth line with the Capitals. [Japers’ Rink]

• What will Norm Maciver’s role be in building the expansion Seattle Kraken? [Sound of Hockey]

• Looking at potential destinations for the Rangers to trade Tony DeAngelo. [Blue Seat Blogs]


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