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PHT Morning Skate: Free agency questions; replacing Pietrangelo

Relive Tampa's journey to the 2020 Stanley Cup, where the Lightning returned from the pause and powered through injuries to key players like Steven Stamkos, life in the bubble and plenty of OT for their second Cup title.

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• The Tampa Bay Lightning continued celebrating their Stanley Cup title at Sunday’s Bucs-Chargers game. GM Julien BriseBois is already preparing for next season, which could see Tyler Johnson moving on to help with cap space. [TSN]

• BriseBois will certainly have his work cut out for him. [Raw Charge]

• Devan Dubnyk could be the newest San Jose Sharks goaltender this week. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Will the Coyotes trade Oliver Ekman-Larsson? What will Steve Yzerman do with the Red Wings’ cap room? Plenty of questions for all 31 NHL teams ahead of the opening of free agency on Friday. [Sportsnet]

• Quinton Byfield sounds like the real deal and will help whatever team drafts him down the middle. [The Score]

• What will the 2020-21 NHL regular season bubbles look like? [ESPN]

• Grading Jacob Markstrom’s 2019-20 season with the Vancouver Canucks. [Vancouver is Awesome]

• Why the Capitals should give Henrik Lundqvist a call. [Japers’ Rink]

• A good look at Lundqvist’s career by the numbers. [Blueshirt Banter]

• Robin Lehner on signing a five-year extension with the Vegas Golden Knights: “I have a 5-year-old, almost 6-year-old son that has five different hockey jerseys. We live a privileged life, but you want to give your family stability as well and I couldn’t find a better opportunity and a better setting than here in Vegas.” [Las Vegas Sun]

• Is there a defenseman on the market who could replace Alex Pietrangelo’s presence on the St. Louis Blues’ blue line? [St. Louis Gametime]


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