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PHT Morning Skate: Rask downplays retirement; Can hockey be summer sport?

Sabres captain Jack Eichel joins Jac Collinsworth to discuss the adjustment to staying at home, his family's situation and how he's staying in shape.

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• Tuukka Rask is downplaying reports about him wanting to retire. (WEEI)

• The NHL shouldn’t be in a hurry to cancel their season. (Ottawa Sun)

• Aleksander Barkov feels like it wouldn’t be right for the Panthers not to qualify for the playoffs. (TSN)

• The NHL pause is just another obstacle the Blue Jackets have to face. (The Hockey News)

• The Flames and Oilers will have temporary layoffs. (CTV News)

• Todd McLellan wanted to see how his reenergized team would have done down the stretch. (LA Times)

• Whether the NHL season resumes or not, the ‘Canes have a lot to be proud of. (News & Observer)

• The Maple Leafs will give Nicholas Robertson every opportunity to make their team next season. (Leafs Nation)

• Can hockey be a summer sport? (Tampa Times)

• Canucks Army spoke to former goalie Corey Hirsch. (Canucks Army)

• The Flyers are trying to stay ready for a possible season. (NBC Sports Philly)

• It sounds like the World Hockey Championship won’t be making a stop in Switzerland after all. (Swiss Hockey News)

• Here’s a ranking of all the Carolina Hurricanes jerseys. (Hockey by Design)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.