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PHT Morning Skate: Tkachuk’s impact on Sens; Hunter returns to London

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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

• There was an outdoor game in Norway on Saturday. Mats Zuccarello and a bunch of current and former NHLers like Henrik Lundqvist, Zdeno Chara and Peter Forsberg took it outside to benefit Right to Play, the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and the Zuccarello Foundation.

• Now that he’s signed, it’s time to see how much of an impact a teenage Brady Tkachuk can have on the Ottawa Senators. [Ottawa Citizen]

• The arena saga in Ottawa rolls out after the latest meeting between Eugene Melnyk and the city. [TSN]

• Mark Hunter is heading back to London to be the general manager of the OHL’s Knights. [London Knights]

• The Vegas Golden Knights aren’t feeling the pressure of expectations following an historic inaugural season. []

• On the quality of NHL hockey in 2018. [Yahoo]

• An interesting look at the trade tree of the legendary Wayne Gretzky deal. [Sporting News]

• Jack Eichel could be in store for a big, big season with the Buffalo Sabres. [Featurd]

• Hilary Knight is returning to the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes de Montreal. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• Which contracts from this summer warrant the most head scratches? [ESPN]

• How much of this season will ride on the the Calgary Flames’ goalies? [Flames Nation]

• What this off-season means for the Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes Edge]

• Canada downed Sweden 6-2 to take its first Hlinka Gretzky Cup. [IIHF]

• Finally, Alexis Lafreniere, the possible No. 1 pick in 2̶0̶1̶9̶ 2020, is ridiculous:


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