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PHT Morning Skate: Toews not fond of Blues’ winning Cup; Dubas dazzles

Chicago Blackhawks v Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 16: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/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

• This probably couldn’t come as much of a surprise, but Jonathan Toews doesn’t seem happy that the Blues won the Stanley Cup. (St. Louis Game Time)

• Because restricted free agents looking for big money don’t like to sign quickly, we must predict their looming contracts. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• The core of the Chicago Blackhawks thinks they can return to glory after an active offseason. (NBC Sports Chicago)

• Don Waddell is happy with the way his offseason went. (

• It’s too early to worry about Zach Werenski’s lack of a contract. (1st Ohio Battery)

• Ben Chiarot needed a little persuading to join the Montreal Canadiens in free agency. (Sportsnet)

• As almost mirror images, Penguins and Capitals take divergent paths in rebuilding on the fly. (Pensburgh)

• Edmonton’s first-round pick won’t play in the American Hockey League this season. (

• Kyle Dubas has dazzled when it comes to navigating the Maple Leafs salary cap. (Featurd)

• What Ottawa can learn from Edmonton when it comes to a new downtown arena. (Ottawa Business Journal)

• Kris Knoblauch named head coach of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. (Rangers)

• A mock draft for the 2021 Seattle expansion draft. (NovaCaps)

• Buying low and managing expectations. (Copper and Blue)

• The state of the Winnipeg Jets’ defensive core. (Jets Nation)

• Alex Ovechkin creates painting with junior sledge-hockey players to raise money for Russian para hockey league. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

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