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PHT Morning Skate: Remembering Johnny McKenzie; How pain helped Caps win

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: The Washington Capitals celebrate their 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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• Many insiders have speculated that Ryan O’Reilly will be moved out of Buffalo, but the Sabres should think this through before making a significant move. (Buffalo News)

• If the Boston Bruins want to make a trade this summer, they could look to move these five players from their roster. Could David Krejci really be dealt? (NBC Sports Boston)

• Predicting what Isles GM Lou Lamoriello is thinking is when it comes to hiring a head coach is almost impossible. (Newsday)

• When you look at the Dallas Stars’ expected goals, it’s easy to see why their second power play unit struggled so badly in 2017-18. (Dallas Morning News)

• The Washington Post takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Capitals’ journey to the Stanley Cup. From their exit meetings after last year’s second-round loss to Pittsburgh to Barry Trotz ripping into his players after a loss to Colorado, this article has it all. (Washington Post)

• Former Bruin and two-time Stanley Cup champion Johnny McKenzie passed away at the age of 80. (

• The Philadelphia Flyers could be one of the teams looking to move up in the first round to draft Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• The Golden Knights acquired Nikita Gusev in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was named an Olympic all-star, he led the KHL in assists and he was named a KHL all-star. Gusev probably won’t play for Vegas next year, but they’re hoping that he’ll join the team in the next few years. (SinBin.Vegas)

• The Montreal Canadiens have four second-round picks in this month’s entry draft. What should they do with those picks? Habs Eyes on the Prize fills us in. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Check out this flip book of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup. It’s pretty cool. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)


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