PHT Morning Skate: Freeing up Mark Stone; Brown joins Kraken TV booth

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• With Game 5 in Las Vegas, having last change should allow Peter DeBoer to free up Mark Stone. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• The regular season is meaningless? Tell that to the Canadiens. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Anders Lee may not play again until next season, but he’s become a steady presence around the Islanders during their playoff run. [NY Hockey Now]

Steven Stamkos put questions about his ability to produce to bed during Game 5’s rout. [Sportsnet]

• J.T. Brown has announced his retirement and will partner with John Forslund in the Seattle Kraken TV booth. [Kraken]

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2021 schedule, TV info]

• NHL Power Rankings: Most impactful additions of 2020-21 season. [PHT]

• New Las Vegas Lacrosse co-owner Wayne Gretzky showing off the hands:

• Philip Grubauer, Mike Smith, and Chris Driedger all had strong seasons and are about to cash in in unrestricted free agency. [The Hockey News]

• A look back at the Golden Knights’ expansion draft and the lessons Ron Francis and the Kraken can take from it. [Gotham Sports Network]

• Examining the Kings’ options for the upcoming expansion draft. [Mayor’s Manor]

• Which NHL teams need to make bold moves this summer? [Bleacher Report]


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

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