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PHT Morning Skate: Freeing up Mark Stone; Brown joins Kraken TV booth

Peter DeBoer made a controversial decision in benching Marc-Andre Fleury for Robin Lehner in Game 4, but the veteran made his coach look brilliant, standing on his head to push the Knights past the Canadiens.

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

• With Game 5 in Las Vegas, having last change should allow Peter DeBoer to free up Mark Stone. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• The regular season is meaningless? Tell that to the Canadiens. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• Anders Lee may not play again until next season, but he’s become a steady presence around the Islanders during their playoff run. [NY Hockey Now]

• Steven Stamkos put questions about his ability to produce to bed during Game 5’s rout. [Sportsnet]

• J.T. Brown has announced his retirement and will partner with John Forslund in the Seattle Kraken TV booth. [Kraken]

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2021 schedule, TV info]

• NHL Power Rankings: Most impactful additions of 2020-21 season. [PHT]

• New Las Vegas Lacrosse co-owner Wayne Gretzky showing off the hands:

• Philip Grubauer, Mike Smith, and Chris Driedger all had strong seasons and are about to cash in in unrestricted free agency. [The Hockey News]

• A look back at the Golden Knights’ expansion draft and the lessons Ron Francis and the Kraken can take from it. [Gotham Sports Network]

• Examining the Kings’ options for the upcoming expansion draft. [Mayor’s Manor]

• Which NHL teams need to make bold moves this summer? [Bleacher Report]


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