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PHT Morning Skate: Schiefele’s NHL awards; NHLPA’s leverage

Eddie Olczyk joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live to look at the latest news surrounding the NHL's return to action as they try to finish the 2019-20 season.

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

• One thing the NHLPA has gained during this league pause? Leverage. [ESPN]

• Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the new arena for the Islanders is expected to be completed on time. [Islanders Insight]

• No fans in arenas would make NHL broadcasts a really interesting challenge to TV rights holders. [TSN]

• Want to host isolated games when hockey returns? The NHL needs a few things from you. [Sportsnet]

• Long Island University has announced it will be adding a Division I men’s hockey program, becoming the NCAA’s 61st overall. [College Hockey News]

• Following John McDonough’s dismissal, there’s still plenty of work to do for the Blackhawks. [The Rink]

• Recapping the full results of the 2020 NWHL draft. [The Ice Garden]

• Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets gives his version of NHL awards. You might be surprised by his Hart Trophy pick. [The Players’ Tribune]

• How the Sharks could benefit from league’s lost revenue. [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• On pushing back the 2020-21 NHL season and the extra games players will have to put their bodies through. [Scotty Wazz]

• Finally, Auston Matthews ... with authority!


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