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PHT Morning Skate: Salary cap allocation; restricted free agency improvements

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game One

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Boston Bruins during the second period of Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/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 salary cap is serious business. Here’s a deeper look at how teams allocated it. (

• Sticking with cap things, restricted free agency has its issues. How can it be improved? (ESPN)

• Does the Jeff Skinner trade have implications for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Artemi Panarin? (1st Ohio Battery)

• John Gibson’s goaltending was the only thing that put the Anaheim Ducks into the playoffs this year. His deal is a major win in Orange County. (Anaheim Calling)

• A University of Buffalo study of ex-Bills and ex-Sabres players finds that CTE is ‘much more rare than we thought’ (Buffalo News)

• George McPhee didn’t seem to like his second line enough -- despite all of its scoring -- so he threw the dynamite at it. (Sin Bin Vegas)

• Will Ray Shero Pull Off a Late Offseason Trade? (All About the Jersey)

• Where will Daniel Sprong fall in the battle between coach and creativity? (Pensburgh)

• Can John Klingberg put together another Norris-worthy season? (Dallas Stars)

• A look at measuring the sustained success of an expansion team brought to you from the city that would like one. (NHL to Seattle)

• The Hlinka-Gretzky tournament has been a great showcase for prospects. Here’s some who stood out. (The Hockey News)

• Here are ten of the wackiest Wayne Gretzky hockey cards. (Puck Junk)

• A former Air Force hockey player helped in the Thai cave rescue. (Air Force)

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