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PHT Morning Skate: Peterson opening doors; examining the East

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 08: A picture in the penalty box of this years official game pucks NHL logo turns purple once frozen before the start of an NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins at Little Caesars Arena on November 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Boston 4-2. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at

• On Brett Peterson’s new role with the Panthers and how it may open the door for others down the the line. [Sportsnet]

• The Oilers owe a Dallas hotel $55,000. “They say the issue is the result of an embarrassing accounting glitch that was further compounded by a timeline miscommunication. They plan on paying the bills and having the entire issue resolved in the next couple of days.” [Edmonton Journal]

• “Canada’s deputy chief of public health says the initial health and safety protocols proposed for the upcoming world junior hockey championship in Edmonton look ‘promising.’” [Sportsnet]

• Would a Nikolaj Ehlers for Aaron Ekblad swap help both the Jets and Panthers? [Jets Nation]

• This offseason has changed the Capitals’ plans for next summer’s expansion draft. [NBC Sports Washington]

• Examining how the Eastern Conference looks after a month of free agency. [Rotoworld]

• How Montreal’s strength on offense is a weakness on defense. [TSN]

• Looking at where the Penguins’ “Reverse Retro” jerseys rank in their history of alternate designs. [Pensburgh]

• The case for Michael DiPietro as the Canucks’ top goaltending prospect. [Canucks Army]

• This is no time for complacency for the Blue Jackets. [1st Ohio Battery]

• There’s still plenty of work to do for Alabama-Huntsville to have sustainable D-I hockey program. [College Hockey News]


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