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

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

• 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. (NHL.com)

• 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 phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.