PHT Morning Skate: Justin Williams’ future; Who should go after Shattenkirk?

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• The Nashville Predators owned the worst power play in the league last season. Should they go after Kevin Shattenkirk? (Predlines)

• Shattenkirk returning to the St. Louis Blues makes absolutely no sense. (Bleedin Blue)

• Why were the Leafs willing to ship Garrett Sparks to the Golden Knights? (Sinbin.Vegas)

• The Panthers need to get off to a good start in 2019-20. (The Rat Trick)

• What can the NHL do to bridge the gap between the end of an entry-level contract and the start of a player’s fourth year? (Toronto Star)

• The Hurricanes are still waiting for Justin Williams to make a decision in his playing future. (News & Observer)

• What will Travis Konecny‘s next contract look like? (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Paul Byron has been incredibly consistent for the Montreal Canadiens. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

• LTIR is a big issue heading into the next CBA negotiation. (TSN)

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