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PHT Morning Skate: Tampa didn’t break bank on Kucherov extension

Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Seven

TAMPA, FL - MAY 23: Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning warms up prior to Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Washington Capitals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 23, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/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

• Nikita Kucherov’s behemoth contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning may look monstrous on the outside, but the comparables suggest that it didn’t break the bank in Florida. (Sportsnet)

• The NHL liked the eSports scene so much after venturing into this season that it would like to take a bigger leap into the digital world. (Sportsnet)

• Bobby Orr says Auston Matthews has no issue John Tavares and the possible captaincy of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (

• Here’s a look at three teams who missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past season who could make it next year, and three teams that made it that could miss out this coming season. (The Hockey News)

• Calgary Flames defenceman Dalton Prout plans to prove he still belongs at the NHL level. (Calgary Sun)

• The parents of a member of the Humboldt Broncos who was killed in a horrific crash with a semi truck this past spring are filing a lawsuit against the truck driver and the company he drove for. (Sporting News)

• The NHL revealed the logo for the upcoming Winter Classic, which will be contested between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium. (

• Hockey Canada made some changes to its front office on Tuesday. (Hockey Canada)

• There have been many possible landing spots for Erik Karlsson via trade. Here’s one that explores the Swede heading to Florida for Aaron Ekblad. (The Hockey Writers)

• The days of Max Pacioretty being a member/captain of the Montreal Canadiens appears to be drawing to a close. (Montreal Gazette)

• The New York Rangers had to blow a lot of it up this season. It happens, and they’re building up their prospect pool the right way. (The Hockey News)

• Patrick Maroon opted to sign as a free agent in his hometown of St. Louis on Tuesday, meaning the New Jersey Devils need to find his replacement. (

• The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board is buying shares in a sports data collection firm? Yup. (Times Colonist)

• The Staal brothers are giving back in a colorful way in their hometown of Thunder Bay. (

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