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PHT Morning Skate: Rask on future; NHL 20 and hockey IQ

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson joins Mike Tirico to discuss memories of Tampa Bay's playoff run and how the NHL must prioritize health over hockey and handle a return the "right way."

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• Tuukka Rask on his future: “I know that this summer I can talk about a possible extension with the Bruins, so we’ll see where that goes. I definitely don’t have thoughts about retirement or anything like that.” [NBC Sports Boston]

• Montreal? Minnesota? Columbus? If the NHL playoff field was expanded, which underachieving team could make a deep run? [TSN]

• If the NHL is to return, one GM thinks players will need more than two weeks to get ready. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• How the AHL’s season cancellation will affect the NHL. [The Hockey News]

• On the man behind the NHL’s plans to increase its visibility. [National Post]\

• How playing NHL 20 can improve your hockey IQ. [Jack Han]

• Mike Futa is leaving his position as assistant GM with the Kings. [LA Times]

• Brendan Gallagher is the using his downtime to learn French and master TikTok. [NHLPA]

• Fun look at an alternate history where Eric Lindros was never traded from the Flyers to the Rangers. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Bernie Saunders, the NHL’s fifth black player seeks to share experiences, help increase inclusion. []

• With Long Island University adding a D-I men’s team, which conference will they play in? [USCHO]

• The Kansas City Scouts are coming back after the NAHL’s Topeka Pilots announced a rebrand. [NAHL]


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