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PHT Morning Skate: Top 12 surprises on NHL protection lists

–The Puck Daddy blog looks at 12 expansion surprises from the unveiling of each team’s protection lists. The Wild kept Jason Zucker over Eric Staal, the Islanders exposed five defensemen and the Blues protected Ryan Reaves (for some reason). (Yahoo) –Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin attended an event to promote the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and he got to meet legendary soccer star Pele. (CSN Mid-Atlantic) –Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark got married over the weekend. He and his bride actually wore goalie masks during their wedding day. (Linus Ullmark on Instagram) –The New York Rangers may have bought out Dan Girardi last week, but his decade in the Big Apple was memorable for many reasons. Girardi put his body on the line ev ...