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PHT Morning Skate: Palat’s impact; Avs’ speed with MacKinnon

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TAMPA, FL - JUNE 5: Ondrej Palat #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates the game winning goal against goalie Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers during the third period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on June 5, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• Another series, another moment that Ondrej Palat has stepped up to make an impact for the Lightning. []

• If you’re talking about Colorado’s speed you have to begin with one, Nathan MacKinnon. [TSN]

• Anthony Cirelli, Brandon Hagel and Alex Killorn have formed a shutdown line that has frustrated opponents all postseason long. [ESPN]

• Why those “soft” goals against Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 1 weren’t actually soft at all. [Daily Faceoff]

• Looking back at how Joe Sakic stole Devon Toews from the Islanders. [Sportsnet]

• The NHL announced on Thursday that the 2022-23 salary cap ceiling will be $82.5 million and the floor $61 million. [PHT]

[Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

• Would the domino effect of a possible Alex DeBrincat trade lead to Patrick Kane deciding he wants to move on from the Blackhawks? [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Former Tennessee governor Bill Haslam will reportedly buy the Predators in the neighborhood of $680 million. [NewsChannel5]

• A pending unrestricted free agent, where might P.K. Subban wind up next season? []

• How things went for the Sabres this past season and where they should go. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Would James Reimer going back to Toronto make sense for the Maple Leafs? [The Leafs Nation]


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