Morning Skate: Kovalchuk looking to return to NHL

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Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while watching Trolls for about the 1,000th time with my son this morning.
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector chronicles the Edmonton Oilers showing they’re ready for the challenge in advancing over the San Jose Sharks.
 
-- Interesting report from Elliotte Friedman about Ilya Kovalchuk looking to return to the NHL with the Devils, or somebody willing to trade for his rights.

-- Hard to believe the Predators and Blues have never met before in the playoffs, but this is why I like the new postseason format and the way it fosters divisional rivalries.
 
-- The Minnesota Wild went out on their shields, with Eric Staal getting hospitalized after going headfirst into the boards in the Game 5 loss that eliminated his team.
 
-- Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says changes are coming after an extremely disappointing first-round sweep at the hands of the Predators.

-- Joe Smith cracks open the mailbag to answer some questions about the Tampa Bay Lightning and what should be an interesting offseason for the .
 
-- For something completely different: Joanie from Happy Days, gone too soon, is remembered by her former co-stars.

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