PHT Morning Skate: NHL teams ramping up draft prep; confident Labanc

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• The city of Henderson is ready to pony up $42M to build a 6,000-seat arena for the Golden Knights’ AHL affiliate, which is expected to be known as the Silver Knights. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• NHL teams have stepped up their draft prep in case the league decides to hold the event in early June, before the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Wanting to keep in touch with his teammates on a regular basis during the NHL pause, Zdeno Chara organized weekly team Zoom calls to stay connected. [NHL.com]

• On Kings AGM Mike Futa, he of zero NHL games as a player, parting ways with the team: “Because this is the way it works in the hockey world and it’s part of the reason why former players hold the levers of power in the NHL more than any other sport.” [The Hockey News]

• Why the Flyers would pose a threat in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

Kevin Labanc is confident about the 2020-21 Sharks: “We all know we can step up our game, be the best team in the league. We obviously didn’t show it this past season, but I think we all know we can.” [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• A look at the strides new Canadiens signing Alexander Romanov took in his final season in Russia. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

• The Islanders’ salary cap picture is not looking good at the moment. [Gotham Sports Network]

• Finally, Filip Forsberg and his girlfriend, Erin Alvey, are keeping busy with trick shots during the NHL pause:

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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