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PHT Morning Skate: Rantanen fined for diving; Coyotes’ questions

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ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 05: Colorado Avalanche Right Wing Mikko Rantanen (96) follows the play during an NHL game between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche on April 5, 2021, at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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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 for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment. [NHL]

• Connor McDavid’s quest for 100 points won’t be put in jeopardy by getting rested before the playoffs. [TSN]

• On the Rangers’ big changes: “The fears regarding Dolan are certainly warranted, but not necessarily with Drury. He’s been with the club for five years already, most of it in a assistant/associate GM role. He’s been around the block, and he knows what the overall vision for the team is. There likely won’t be a wholesale teardown, or a Kakko for Ryan Reaves trade. As mentioned yesterday, balancing the skill with the will was a matter of addressing it in the offseason with a small move here or there. I don’t think that vision changes.” [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Expiring contracts and Rick Tocchet’s future are just a few of the questions facing the Coyotes this off-season. [Five for Howling]

• Things in Washington are moving in the right direction under new boss Peter Laviolette. [Japers’ Rink]

• Now that they’re in the North Division playoffs, the Jets look to put a bad skid behind them. [Sportsnet]

• Interesting look at why power plays these days are so effective. [The Score]

• Why praise for Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin is long overdue. [Zone Coverage]

• There’ll be no playoffs again for the Blackhawks. What comes next for the franchise? [Featurd]

• How microstats can provide further context to how teams perform. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Tim Stützle on his summer plans and his expectations for his sophomore NHL season. [Ottawa Citizen]

• The Devils will be moving their AHL franchise from Binghamton to Utica. [Rome Sentinel]


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