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PHT Morning Skate: Justin Williams’ future; Who should go after Shattenkirk?

Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes-Game Three

RALEIGH, NC - MAY 14: Justin Williams #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck on the ice in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Third Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 14, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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 Nashville Predators owned the worst power play in the league last season. Should they go after Kevin Shattenkirk? (Predlines)

• Shattenkirk returning to the St. Louis Blues makes absolutely no sense. (Bleedin Blue)

• Why were the Leafs willing to ship Garrett Sparks to the Golden Knights? (Sinbin.Vegas)

• The Panthers need to get off to a good start in 2019-20. (The Rat Trick)

• What can the NHL do to bridge the gap between the end of an entry-level contract and the start of a player’s fourth year? (Toronto Star)

• The Hurricanes are still waiting for Justin Williams to make a decision in his playing future. (News & Observer)

• What will Travis Konecny’s next contract look like? (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

• Paul Byron has been incredibly consistent for the Montreal Canadiens. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• LTIR is a big issue heading into the next CBA negotiation. (TSN)


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