PHT Morning Skate: Pacioretty happy in Vegas; Jagr on Gallant

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• After beginning his career in Montreal, Max Pacioretty is loving his time now in Las Vegas. [Montreal Gazette]

• The Golden Knights’ blue line really showed its value in Game 1. [Sin Bin Vegas]

Jeff Petry skated on Tuesday and Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme said he will likely be a game-time decision along with Jon Merrill and Jake Evans. [TSN]

• On the Islanders’ Game 2 defeat: “Forced and unforced, there were just too many errors, too many lagging details. Again, though, did you expect the Lightning to abdicate?” [NY Post]

• “Kucherov didn’t score a goal, didn’t throw a meaningful punch, didn’t block a shot in the Lightning’s 4-2 victory over the Islanders in Game 2. All he did was rescue Tampa Bay on a night when the season briefly felt as if it might have been in peril.” [Tampa Bay Times]

• One man who knows what kind of coach Gerard Gallant is? Jaromir Jagr: “One of the other things I really like about the way he coaches is that he doesn’t change lines that often. He doesn’t mix up things just to do something.” [NY Post]

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2021 schedule, TV info]

• Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom was voted the 2020-21 Masterton Trophy winner by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. [PHT]

• What the Bruins do this summer will dictate whether they attempt to make another Stanley Cup run or move towards a transition phase. [NBC Sports Boston]

• If the Avalanche was going to open up some cap space for extensions for their stars, could Sam Girard be a trade chip? [The Hockey News]

• What could Zach Hyman fetch on the open market? [Sportsnet]

• A look at the Toronto Six’s Mark Joslin, the NWHL’s first Black head coach. [NHL.com]

• There are plenty of options for Penguins GM Ron Hextall to go and find cap space on his roster. [Pensburgh]

More NHL news

Lightning return to form in Game 2, tie series with Islanders Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom wins Masterton Trophy after battling cancer Gerard Gallant reportedly the Rangers’ choice as next head coach

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

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