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PHT Morning Skate: St. Louis back in Calgary; team goalie issues

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Dec 02, 1999; Uniondale, NY, USA; FILE PHOTO; Calgary Flames center Martin St. Louis (15) in action against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lou Capozzola-USA TODAY NETWORK

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Martin St. Louis returns to Calgary on Thursday as head coach of the Canadiens. He spent his first three pro seasons with the Flames before going on to have a Hall of Fame career in Tampa. [TSN]

• Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, EA Sports is removing Russian and Belarusian teams from NHL 22. [IGN]

• Former NHL Dmitri Khristich is in Ukraine and vows to fight for his country: “For now, I need to be here. It’s a terrible situation, one I never thought would happen, but I need to be here, to be with my people.” [ESPN]

• MassMutual and CCM Hockey have dropped Alex Ovechkin from their promotional campaigns. [PHT]

• Feeling squeamish about your team’s goaltending is a common trait among hockey fans. [Sportsnet]

• A year after acquiring Jeff Carter, does Penguins GM Ron Hextall have another surprise deal up his sleeve? [Pensburgh]

• Jared McCann, Tomas Hertl, and Claude Giroux are just a few names who should be on Chris Drury’s trade deadline wish list for the Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter]

• Corey Perry has fit in seamlessly since joining the Lightning. []

• Speaking of good fits, Alex Tuch and the Sabres have quickly become a very good match. [The Hockey News]

• A look at what’s gone right this season for the LA Kings. [NBC Sports Edge]


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