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PHT Morning Skate: Trotz sets new standard; Babcock on ropes if Maple Leafs wither?

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Islanders

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 09: Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders sports a bowtie in honor of Bill Torrey during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 09, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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

• In Barry Trotz, the Islanders trust. (New York Times)

• Could the Maple Leafs fire Babcock if they flounder again in the playoffs? (Toronto Star)

• Will the Calgary Flames’ poise and consistency win out over their inexperience? (Sportsnet)

• Apparently, the Steve Yzerman-to-Detroit rumors are a laughing matter in Hockey Town. (Detroit Free Press)

• Victor Hedman is back practicing, which is a great sign for the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Tampa Bay Times)

• An interesting look at the wildest Stanley Cup Final ever played. (The Score)

• Ryan Kesler may need career-ending hip surgery. (

• Vezina candidate Ben Bishop’s career year leading the Dallas Stars into the playoffs. (

• A look at the veteran guys getting perhaps their last shot at Lord Stanley. (Puck Junk)

• John Tortorella knows his team is up to the task of facing the dominant Lightning. (1st Ohio Battery)

• Brent Burns’ tremendous season could help propel the Sharks into the playoffs’ deep waters. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Lars Eller’s car broke down on his way to practice. He abandoned it on Glebe Road. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• Jack Hughes set to change the game and he’ll be grateful no matter where he goes. (The Detroit News)

• Jay Bouwmeester gets one-year contract extension. (St. Louis Blues)

• Jeff Blashill wasn’t out of work for too long. (USA Hockey)

• B.C. minor hockey coach finds kidney donor after an appeal from the team. (CTV)

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