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PHT Morning Skate: 2020 free agency unclear; Markov’s legacy

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

• The last few days haven’t been easy for Colby Cave’s wife, Emily. (Toronto Star)

• The union and the NHL haven’t discussed specific sites for neutral site playoff games. (ESPN)

• NHL players are differing their decision on the last paycheque of the season until May 15th. (TSN)

• Unrestricted free agency in 2020 is still very unclear. (CBC)

• The “Can-Ice” company has been really busy over the last few weeks. (Toronto Sun)

• Islanders fans have come together to help feed first responders. (The Sports Daily)

• Dustin Byfuglien has always appeared to be an enigma. (The Hockey News)

• Andrei Markov helped many of his defense partners make a lot of money. (Sportsnet)

• Have Braden Holtby’s chances of returning to Washington increased because of the pause? (Nova Caps Fans)

• The Ducks don’t have many difficult decisions to make in free agency this year. (Anaheim Calling)

• Which of the UFA goalies deserves a long-term extension? (Sportsnet)

• How does Martin Brodeur stack up against some of the other great goalies? (Pucks and Pitchforks)

• The New York Post takes a look inside the NHL’s complicated restart vision. (New York Post)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.