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PHT Morning Skate: Orpik’s eyebrow-raising month; Yzerman and contract clauses

Tampa Bay Lightning v Washington Capitals - Game Six

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: Brooks Orpik #44 of the Washington Capitals reacts after fighting J.T. Miller #10 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/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

• Brooks Orpik’s last month has been a whirlwind, and given where he ended up after where he started, it’s raising some eyebrows. (The Hockey News)

• A man allegedly tried to impersonate the owner of the Boston Bruins to gain favor with a tree service company after one fell on his house. (The Hour)

• Here’s a list of six breakout candidates for the 2018-19 season. (Sportsnet)

• A look at Steve Yzerman and the versatility of contract clauses, ones that have allowed him to stack his team with talent. (Raw Charge)

• The Dallas Stars defense could be quite good next season and that could bode well for secondary scoring. (Defending Big D)

• Earlier this week, a forecast for Connor McDavid was made. Now, Leon Draisaitl’s report is ready to go. (Copper and Blue)

• Former No. 3 pick Dylan Strome is ready to prove his worth in the NHL. (

• Mario Lemieux’s gargantuan castle in Quebec is for sale. BREAKING NEWS: It’s bloody expensive. (Trib Live)

• Will the rearguard for the Montreal Canadiens be better this season? (All Habs)

• These vintage pictures of current NHL stars are brilliant. (The Province)

• NHL Concussion Litigation: What’s the likelihood of success for the former players? (Maple Leaf Hotstove)

• The NHL has several teams in re-build mode. Which ones are close to contending? (ESPN)

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