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PHT Morning Skate: Rangers to retire Lundqvist’s number; primetime Winter Classic


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers walks the blue carpet and greets fans prior to the home opener against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/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.

• The Rangers will retire Henrik Lundqvist’s No. 30 before a Jan. 28, 2022 game against his good buddy Mats Zuccarello and the Wild. [Rangers]

• The 2022 Winter Classic between the Blues and Wild at Target Field in Minnesota will be played in primetime. []

• Travis Hamonic has yet to appear at Canucks camp, which has brought up the question about whether he will opt out for the season by the Oct. 1 deadline. [Province]

• Beginning this season, all 32 NHL teams will owe wearing “Adidas ADIZERO Primegreen” jerseys, made with at least 50% recycled material. []

• Why Kirill Kaprizov’s five-year, $45 million extension will prove its value to the Wild. [Zone Coverage]

• Zach Aston-Reese, who is vaccinated, has tested positive for COVID-19. [Tribune-Review]

• With Zdeno Chara and Brenden Dillon gone, the Capitals’ blue line will have some new faces. [Capitals Outsider]

• A decision on whether China’s men’s team will be replaced in the 2022 Olympic tournament will come by the end of October, according to new IIHF president Luc Tardif. [AFP]

• Former NHLer Alexei Zhamnov will be the head coach of Russia’s Olympic men’s team for the Beijing Games. [FHR]


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