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PHT Morning Skate: Rangers hitting turbo button on rebuild; Ducks confident in Eakins

Mike Florio and Chris Simms share what they would do with the Stanley Cup for a day.

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• The Ottawa Senators didn’t need an overpaid Erik Karlsson. (Toronto Sun)

• The New York Rangers have accelerated their rebuild by acquiring Jacob Trouba. (USA Today)

• The Anaheim Ducks have confidence that Dallas Eakins can make an impact in his second go-around as an NHL head coach. (Los Angeles Times)

• Things cap-crunched NHL GMs don’t need to hear: The cap could come in under the projected $83 million this year. (

• A re-tooling of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division teams. (The Score)

• Phil Kessel doesn’t want to be a Minnesota Wild, so he’s likely staying in Pittsburgh now. (CBC)

• How is Marc Bergevin going to improve the Montreal Canadiens? (Montreal Gazette)

• Five teams who should trade for Nikolaj Ehlers. (Puck Prose)

• Alex Trebek and John Hamm will be among the presenters at the 2019 NHL Awards later this week. (

• Pierre Dorion expects a busy weekend at the NHL Draft. (Ottawa Sun)

• Here’s how the Detroit Red Wings owned the 1989 NHL Draft. (Detroit Free Press)

• An NHL draft prospect at the 2010 combine was asked about defecating on a car. (Yahoo Sports)

• Potential sweeteners for the most unenviable trade. (The Canuck Way)

• The Blues could inspire some weird decisions this summer. (Yahoo Sports)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck