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PHT Morning Skate: Laine, Connor now in focus in Winnipeg; Clarkson’s long, strange trip

Winnipeg Jets v Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 1: Patrik Laine #29 and Kyle Connor #81 of the Winnipeg Jets discuss strategy during a first period stoppage in play against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on April 1, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Darcy Finley/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

• Why Jake Gardiner hasn’t signed with a team yet. (Featurd)

• It’s been a long, strange trip for David Clarkson. (Toronto Sun)

• Ken Holland is confident that James Neal can bounce back. We’d hope so. (Sportsnet)

• NHL teams slowly learning lessons about signing aging wingers. (Yahoo Sports)

• Alberta’s premier is happy to avoid debate on a new hockey arena for the Calgary Flames. (National Post)

• Laine, Connor is now the main event in Winnipeg. (Sportsnet)

• A look at officiating in the playoffs, player safety and the failure of accountability. (Last Word on Hockey)

• Unresolved situations around the NHL that could force further trades. (The Athletic)

• Flyers must overachieve to being playoff contenders this year. (Featurd)

• The New York Islanders, and the NHL for that matter, overvalue fourth liners. (Eyes on Isles)

• The Penguins aren’t the only team worried about the salary cap. (TribLive)

• Are the Rangers ready to contend now? (ESPN)

• Is Mitch Marner’s contract impasses holding up the rest of the NHL? (The Hockey Writers)

• What happens when an NHL team goes for it... every single season. (The Athletic)

• Each Western Conference GM’s best and worst moves. (The Score)

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck