PHT Morning Skate: How long is Rask’s leash?; Williams’ value to Hurricanes

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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 phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• The Hockey News remembers Humboldt Broncos athletic therapist Dayna Brons. (The Hockey News)

• Even though the Montreal Canadiens didn’t make the playoffs, the future appears to be bright for the franchise. (TSN)

• Here’s a positve point of view on Columbus’ chances of taking down the Tampa Bay Lightning. (The Cannon)

• How much rope will the Bruins give Tuukka Rask in the first round? (WEEI)

Justin Williams is an important figure in the Carolina Hurricanes dressing room. (News & Observer)

• Could another first-round exit be the end of Mike Babcock’s tenure behind the bench in Toronto? (Toronto Star)

Henrik Lundqvist will take some time to digest the difficult season he and his team just had. (New York Post)

• What does the firing of Bob Boughner mean for the Panthers organization going forward? (The Rat Trick)

• The Buffalo Sabres were abysmal in the second half of the regular season, and it cost Phil Housley his job. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

• The fourth lines could make a huge difference in the series between the Sharks and Golden Knights. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• This Washington Capitals fan showed off a detailed Stanley Cup dress. (NHL.com)

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