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PHT Morning Skate: Williams still unsure on return; Golden Knights’ bad summer

Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes-Game Four

RALEIGH, NC - MAY 16: Fans of Justin Williams #14 the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate during pregame warmups in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Third Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 16, 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

• Justin Williams still is undecided on returning to the Carolina Hurricanes. (

• A few thoughts on 2020 NHL Draft prospects by Craig Button. (

• Mike Babcock, Bruce Boudreau and four others are on the hot seat for the coming season. (Sporting News)

• A very deep dive into expected goals and pre-shot movement. (Hockey Graphs)

• Still two seasons away from puck drop in Seattle, general manager Ron Francis has so much to do. (Sports Illustrated)

• Joe Sakic, unsurprisingly, wants a long-term deal with Mikko Rantanen (but will settle for shorter if need be.) (

• Seattle’s expanding NHL front office? New GM Ron Francis has strong candidates looming once he gets hiring go-ahead. (Seattle Times)

• The Athletic’s farm system rankings have begun. (The Athletic)

• Juuso Valimaki’s ACL tear has the Flames on the hunt for a defenseman. (The Score)

• Still-unsigned Blackhawk Brendan Perlini is just one small piece of NHL’s massive restricted free agent blockade. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• The Golden Knights’ offseason has been very bad — how did we get here and what lies ahead? (Knights on Ice)

• NHL teams that still have work to do this summer. (Featurd)

• Why Mitch Marner to the Vancouver Canucks won’t happen. (The Canuck Way)

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