Sport PHT Morning Skate: Top free agents; O’Reilly up for ‘unique’ challenge
ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns
When asked about the challenges the NBA will face as it attempts to mount a comeback next month, Burke didn’t mince words.“The thing that I felt the most was fatigue and headache,” Burke said about having coronavirus. “So for a good stretch of the first two weeks of that, I was just thinking I had a bad flu, because my symptoms were not aligning with what was being told were the main symptoms — the shortness of breath, the pressure on the chest — I didn’t have those scary symptoms. So for a good stretch of time, I didn’t think I had it. But then I finally decided to get tested.
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• A look at the top 50 free agents who could hit the market at some point in the next few months. 
• Which UFA moments have defined the NHL’s salary-cap era? 
•is up for the “unique” challenge of helping the Blues defend their Stanley Cup title. [ ]
• “There are health risks for the players who will be quarantined in hub cities for the Stanley Cup playoffs, but their concerns don’t end there. It’s possible the players will be paying for the lost revenues caused by COVID-19 for years.” 
PHT remembers video games: Sony made a surprisingly long series of hockey/NHL games
From ESPN to Gretzky to Doc Emrick, Sony hockey video games touched a lot of bases.When it comes to lamenting old hockey video games, we look back fondly on arcade-style games or honest attempts at sims, and often wish for more. Even with a game like “Hit the Ice,” which was ported in many different ways, there wasn’t really a sequel. But from “ESPN National Hockey Night” to the “NHL FaceOff” games down to “Gretzky NHL” titles, you can’t say that Sony didn’t take enough kicks at the can to make hockey video games.
• On players potentially opting out of playing if the NHL resumes this summer. 
• It’s not looking good for Alexander Romanov, Kirill Kaprizov, and Ilya Sorokin in their attempts to play this season. 
• The NHL should thank college hockey for producing so many impactful young defensemen. 
• What Alexis Lafreniere would mean to the Blackhawks. 
• Why Shane Doan should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. 
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Tuesday's collection of links.• In case you missed it: The NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative four-year CBA extension. Now we wait for the agreement to be ratified by the NHL’s Board of Governors, the NHLPA’s Executive Board, and then the full union membership.