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PHT Morning Skate: Grittiest interview ever; Why so many fired coaches?

Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 10: The Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty makes an entrance before the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks at Wells Fargo Center on November 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/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

• The interview of the year: Gritty. (TIME)

• They’re dropping like flies these days. Why are so many coaches getting canned? (ESPN)

• The Hitchcock Grind is in full effect in Edmonton. (

• The story of a sign that led to a life-saving kidney donation. (

• Comparing Elias Pettersson to The Great One? Starting comparing him to The Great 8 instead. (Pass it to Bulis)

• Who would have predicted Max Domi having one of the best seasons (so far) in modern Montreal Canadiens history? (Eyes on the Prize)

• A breakdown of Jeremy Collition’s first two weeks behind the bench in Chicago. (The Point)

• Kyle Connor is turning into a driver for the Winnipeg Jets. (Sportsnet)

• Nolan Patrick is not a bust. (Broad Street Hockey)

• The Golden Knights need a fix. It won’t be simple, but they need it done. (The Sin Bin)

• Doug Armstrong wants you to temper your expectations regarding coaching. (St. Louis Game Time)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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