Expectations for Jeff Carter; Canucks’ schedule change

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• On the Jeff Carter trade and why the Penguins might reflect on the offer as a big win. [NBC Sports Edge]

• What should the Penguins get out of Carter this season and next? [Pensburgh]

• “The Canucks never ever really threatened not to play Friday; they simply required winger J.T. Miller to be his blunt, discomforting, sincere self when he spoke with press reporters on Wednesday and stated the modified schedule was ‘dangerous’ and the NHL’s objective of making gamer security the leading concern was ‘almost impossible to achieve with what they have asked us to do here on our return.’” [Sportsnet]

• As the Jets continue to soar, Paul Stastny is fitting in perfectly. [Jets Nation]

• The gap between Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, and the rest of the NHL’s finest offending gamers continues to grow. [TSN]

• It took a while however persistence with Juuse Saros is settling for the Predators. [The Hockey News]

• Why the Islanders are playing even much better defensively under Barry Trotz this season. [NY Hockey Now]

• If the Golden Knights have Stanley Cup dreams they’ll require Alex Pietrangelo to be much better on the blue line. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• For heaven Jackets to get better next season it’s time to concentrate on establishing centers in the company. [1st Ohio Battery]

• Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook on “Mista Svechnikov’ and ‘Marty Parties.’ [News and Observer]

More NHL news

Steven Stamkos put on LTIR by Lightning, out up until Might The Buzzer: Substantial offending night for Sabres, Rangers, big wins in Central Canucks’ return postponed; upgraded North Department schedule coming Friday


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PHT Early Morning Skate: Expectations for Jeff Carter; Canucks’ schedule modification initially appeared on NBCSports.com

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