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PHT Morning Skate: Players to watch at Olympics; Nash willing to go to Leafs


MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 22: at Ice Palace on May 22, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images)

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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

• Team USA goalies will be allowed to have the Statue of Liberty on their goalie masks. (ESPN)

• USA hockey fans, this one might hurt. Marie-Philip Poulin breaks down her golden goal from the 2014 Olympics. (Yahoo)

• ESPN gives us a good list of players to watch in the upcoming Olympic tournament. There’s a couple of former great NHLers on this list. (ESPN)

• Team USA hockey players were asked to phone someone (not a family member) who helped them get to where they are today. (USA Hockey)

• According to, Rick Nash is willing to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs. (

• ‘Hawks goalie Corey Crawford was back on the ice with some of his teammates yesterday morning, but the Chicago Sun-Times believes he shouldn’t return to game action until September. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• Speaking of the Blackhawks, they’re definitely in trouble, and Jonathan Toews’ sudden decline is part of the problem. (Sporting News)

• Does acquiring Ryan McDonagh make sense for the Boston Bruins? (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Be sure to visit and NBC Olympic Talk for full hockey coverage from PyeongChang.

• Even though the Rangers are going into rebuild mode, Glen Sather will be sticking around. (NY Post)

• Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec might not be returning home from the Canadiens’ upcoming road trip. (Sportsnet)

• Stars GM Jim Nill like to keep his cards close to the vest when it comes to potential moves. (Defending Big D)

• The Leafs have too many healthy bodies right now, and it might cost them Nikita Soshnikov. (

• A demotion to the fourth line helped get Corey Perry going again. (OC Register)

• Rookie Alexander Kerfoot isn’t in the Calder Trophy discussion, but he’s having an impressive first season. (Fan Rag Sports)

• The NWHL’s third annual All-Star game was pretty entertaining. (Victory Press)

• Ken Morrow talks about the Miracle on Ice team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. (The Sin Bin)

• Hockey players participating in a tournament have been swabbing their cheeks to see if they’re a bone marrow match for a toddler with cancer. (

• Team Canada’s women’s team took down Finland earlier today (NBC Olympics)


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