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PHT Morning Skate: Ristolainen situation not unique; Schmidt ready to go

Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 14: Rasmus Ristolainen #55 of the Buffalo Sabres skates during an NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images)

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• The Buffalo Sabres-Rasmus Ristolainen situation is hardly unique. (Yahoo Sports)

• Nate Schmidt is ready for the season to start. (

• Bruins face cap crunch as new deals for Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo loom. (Sporting News)

• Seattle’s nickname expected before the hire of the team’s inaugural coach. (

• The NHL vs. Docs hockey game raised a lot of money. (

• Tom Dundon continues to upset the NHL. (Cardiac Cane)

• Breaking down an NHL salary: The numbers aren’t as big as you think. (The Athletic)

• Cody Ceci is being sued. (The Score)

• Why Owen Nolan should be the first Shark to have his jersey retired. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Strong goalie pipeline set to pay off for Blue Jackets. (

• NHL analyst believes Mitch Marner’s agent is overvaluing him. (12up)

• Three players the Senators should offer PTOs. (SenShot)

• Marc-Andre Bergeron is keeping busy post-NHL career. (The Hockey News)

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