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PHT Morning Skate: Point out for Game 4; Nurse played through torn hip flexor

Sean Leahy breaks down the Boston Bruins firing Bruce Cassidy and where the coach could be heading after the team had an early playoff exit this season.

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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Brayden Point skated again on Monday but Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has ruled him out for Game 4. [Tampa Bay Times]

• One of Andrei Vasilevskiy’s best traits is his ability to stay healthy. [Daily Faceoff]

• Meanwhile, Ryan Strome, who left Game 3 with an injury, is expected to play Tuesday night. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Following their Game 4 loss to the Avalanche, Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse revealed he played the entire playoffs with a torn hip flexor. [Oilers Nation]

• The Bruins decided to fire head coach Bruce Cassidy Monday night, adding another bench boss to a crowded coaching market. [PHT]

• Getting rid of Cassidy does not solve the issues facing the Bruins. [NBC Sports Boston]

[Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

• Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov has rejected an extension from KHL side Traktor Chelyabinsk as he eyes a return to the NHL. [TSN]

• As Pat Verbeek continues shaping his roster, what does the Ducks’ salary cap situation look like for next season? [Crashing the Pond]

• What kind of coaching changes could we see with the LA Kings ahead of next season? [Mayor’s Manor]

• Some big changes could be coming to college hockey in the near future. [College Hockey News]

• Looking at Claude Giroux’s options ahead of him hitting the unrestricted free agent market. [Broad Street Hockey]


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