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PHT Morning Skate: Pressure’s on Samsonov; NHL free agent spending


WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Ilya Samsonov #30 of the Washington Capitals tends the net against the Boston Bruins in the second period in Game Five of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on May 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHLI via Getty Images

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.

• Now that he’s signed for next season, the pressure is on Ilya Samsonov to perform. [NBC Sports Washington]

• Looking at how spending during two weeks of 2021 NHL free agency compares to previous offseasons. [Sound of Hockey]

• The Blackhawks announced on Tuesday that radio analyst Troy Murray has been diagnosed with cancer. [Second City Hockey]

• Longtime Penguins radio and TV voice Mike Lange is retiring after 46 years. [PHT]

• If the NHL goes to the Beijing Olympics, Jon Cooper will lead Canada’s coaching staff. [PHT]

• Mark Giordano on adjusting to life as one of the newest members of the Seattle Kraken. [TSN]

• “Can an NHL player like Evander Kane ‘throw’ a game? A look at the possible ways.” [Mercury News]

• How the AHL’s new playoff format could help with the NHL’s regular season. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Don’t expect Adam Fox or Mika Zibanejad to give the Rangers a discount when extension time comes. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Can the Jets make a run at the Central Division title next season? [Jets Nation]


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