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PHT Morning Skate: Worst free-agent contracts in 2018; McAvoy’s price

Carey Price surprised Montreal Canadiens fan Anderson Whitehead, who lost his mother to cancer last year, at the NHL Awards, inviting him to the 2020 All-Star Game.

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• Stars prospect Jake Oettinger is looking to battle his way into the NHL. (

• The Maple Leafs have found a way to use signing bonuses to their advantage. (TSN)

• Let’s look back at the worst contracts handed out on July 1st, 2018. (The Hockey News)

• What five signings would The Score like to see this offseason? (The Score)

• What went wrong with the Florida Panthers in 2018-19? Rotoworld examines. (Rotoworld)

• Will hockey culture ever accept players to sit for mental health reasons? (Grand Stand Central)

• Leafs forward William Nylander doesn’t believe that Mitch Marner has to rush signing a new contract. (

• How much will restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo cost the Bruins this summer? (NBC Sports Boston)

• Habs prospect Nick Suzuki has an eye on a roster spot with the team this fall. (Montreal Gazette)

• What has Wayne Simmonds’ body of work looked like over the last little while and how much is he worth on the open market? (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• Joe Pavelski can still put the puck in the net, but how would he fit in with the Tampa Bay Lightning? (Raw Charge)

• The Maple Leafs may have found their backup goalie for next season. (Pension Plan Puppets)

• Should the Blues trade Jake Allen? Can they even find a taker for him? (St. Louis Game Time)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.