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PHT Morning Skate: Senators fans trapped; Sabres issued challenge

Minnesota Wild v Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 11: Owner, governor and chairman Eugene Melnyk of the Ottawa Senators walks the red carpet and greets fans during the Senators’ 20th anniversary pre-game ceremonies prior to the start of the NHL home opener against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place on October 11, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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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

• Ottawa Senators fans are trapped in hell (Vice Sports)

• The day after the trade deadline, Canucks Editon (Nucks Misconduct)

• He’s not the savior, and Mark Letestu doesn’t need to be in Columbus (1st Ohio Battery)

• GM Jason Botterill issues challenge to Sabres after trade deadline (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• What it’s like for NHL players to be traded twice in the same day (Sports Illustrated)

• A look at potential European free agents for the Ottawa Senators (Eyes on the Sens)

• Nico Hischier talks a little footy, including his love for Manchester City (NBC Sports)

• Over the Boards: Seattle taking nothing for granted on NHL bid (Toronto Star)

• Friedman outlines potential Karlsson-Vegas trade framework (FanRag)

• It’s not me, it’s you: An open letter to Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk (Last Word on Hockey)

• Canucks expected to be named hosts of the 2019 NHL Draft (The Province)

• Pop-up hockey: How the NHL creates outdoor ice rinks for just one game (Washington Post)

• The forgotten black hockey players (

• Blues hold unfavorable opinion around the league according to former GM (ESPN)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck