PHT Morning Skate: This summer’s top 30 unrestricted free agents


–Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev has been rumored to be on the trading block. Sportsnet looks at five smart trade partners for Vancouver. The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers are two of the teams that would make the most sense. (Sportsnet)

–After Charles Barkley admitted that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are more entertaining than the NBA Finals, the guys on “The Dan Patrick Show” discussed whether or not the NHL’s product is superior to the NBA’s. (Top)

–Former NHL goalie Corey Hirsch believes Pekka Rinne and Sidney Crosby are the favorites to land the Conn Smythe trophy, but Hirsch believes the city of Nashville deserves some votes, too. (The Score)

–TSN’s Frank Seravalli has put together a list of the top 30 players that are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer. The Capitals have three players in the top four. Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov will also be in high demand. (

–’s Dan Rosen asks key questions for the Penguins ahead of Game 5. Should Pittsburgh be concerned about the way Matt Murray is playing? What’s going on with Phil Kessel? Is their defense holding up? (

–Speaking of Game 5, here’s an interesting stat that will be of interest to Preds and Pens fans: