PHT Morning Skate: Peterson opening doors; examining the East

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• On Brett Peterson’s new role with the Panthers and how it may open the door for others down the the line. [Sportsnet]

• The Oilers owe a Dallas hotel $55,000. “They say the issue is the result of an embarrassing accounting glitch that was further compounded by a timeline miscommunication. They plan on paying the bills and having the entire issue resolved in the next couple of days.” [Edmonton Journal]

• “Canada’s deputy chief of public health says the initial health and safety protocols proposed for the upcoming world junior hockey championship in Edmonton look ‘promising.'” [Sportsnet]

• Would a Nikolaj Ehlers for Aaron Ekblad swap help both the Jets and Panthers? [Jets Nation]

• This offseason has changed the Capitals’ plans for next summer’s expansion draft. [NBC Sports Washington]

• Examining how the Eastern Conference looks after a month of free agency. [Rotoworld]

• How Montreal’s strength on offense is a weakness on defense. [TSN]

• Looking at where the Penguins’ “Reverse Retro” jerseys rank in their history of alternate designs. [Pensburgh]

• The case for Michael DiPietro as the Canucks’ top goaltending prospect. [Canucks Army]

• This is no time for complacency for the Blue Jackets. [1st Ohio Battery]

• There’s still plenty of work to do for Alabama-Huntsville to have sustainable D-I hockey program. [College Hockey News]

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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.