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PHT Morning Skate: How Vegas will affect salary cap; 24 players that could be traded

The Golden Knights survived a back-and-forth game to edge out the Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Tomas Nosek scored the game winner, in addition to the empty-net goal, to secure the 1-0 series lead.

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• The injection of revenue provided by the Vegas Golden Knights will lead to a significant increase in next year’s salary cap. (TSN)

• Golden Knights forward William Karlsson transformed himself into a 40-goal scorer this season. How did he do that? ESPN investigates. (ESPN)

• The Capitals lost a number of key players during the off-season, but they’re now just four wins away from a Stanley Cup title. (Washington Post)

• The Montreal Canadiens signed a pair of Czech defensemen to entry-level deals on Monday morning. (

• Thanks to TSN’s Rick Westhead, we know that NHL owners denied knowing what CTE was during the concussion lawsuit. (TSN)

• Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez both threw on some Caps jerseys prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. (

• Golden Knights GM George McPhee didn’t just help build one Stanley Cup finalist, he also helped assemble his opponent’s roster. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• Wild GM Paul Fenton likes to have a good laugh, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a hard worker. Find out how he became the general manager of an NHL team. (The Athletic)

• Sportsnet takes a look at 24 players that could be traded at some point this summer. Will P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson or Drew Doughty actually get moved? (Sportsnet)

• Let’s just say that the Capitals’ expansion season didn’t go as well as the Golden Knights’ first campaign. Sports Illustrated takes a deeper look at Washington’s inaugural season. (Sports Illustrated)

• Up top, check out the highlights from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between Vegas and Washington.


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