PHT Morning Skate: Memorial Cup canceled; Hextall’s deadline with Penguins

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• The CHL has canceled the Memorial Cup for the second straight year due to COVID-19. [Sportsnet]

• For his first trade deadline as Penguins GM, Ron Hextall did pretty, pretty good. [Pensburgh]

• There’s a chance that Tuukka Rask returns to the Bruins’ crease Thursday vs. the Islanders. [CBS Sports Boston]

• On the Wild’s trade deadline approach: “Given a choice to get better now or better in the future, Guerin chose neither. Being in a holding pattern doesn’t doom them to mediocrity for good, but it does mean they reside in the mushy middle for another few months, at least.” [Zone Coverage]

• The Alex Iafallo re-signing shows that the Kings are building a contender. [The Hockey News]

• A Carey Price return would do wonders for the Habs’ confidence. [The Hockey Writers]

• Will a move to Montreal revitalize Erik Gustafsson? [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• Interesting look at the importance of the neutral zone. [Gotham Sports Network]

• How does the North Division stack up post-deadline? [Oilers Nation]


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