The big fish is gone, so now teams will circle around the other targets when NHL free agency opens Friday. Even with Steven Stamkos staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a $68 million, eight-year deal, the free agent market presents plenty of big-time players from forwards Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo to defensemen Brian Campbell and Dan Hamhuis. "There's some high-end guys this year and it'll be interesting to see what they get paid," Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. "I think the market will fall into place after those guys find destinations and establish the top salary level." If Stamkos' $8.5 million cap hit established Wednesday sets the bar, it's
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond. –Wayne Gretzky made the trip to Australia and saw a whole bunch of cool things. (Bardown) –The Eric Lindros debate has been put to bed. (Sportsnet) –Eric Lindros explains that his refusal to play for Quebec was about an owner, not a city. (The Score) –The 2016 NHL Draft is proof that hockey is growing, per Gary Bettman. (Sports Illustrated) –Where will Steven Stamkos and other key free agents land? (ESPN) –Are you a fan of that “crying Jordan” face? Take a look at each team’s logo with a “crying Jordan” twist.