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PHT Morning Skate: Blue Jackets to retire Nash’s No. 61; NHL Skills on Vegas strip?

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PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 26: Columbus Blue Jackets fans in Pittsburgh show their support for Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets as Nash warms up before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 26, 2012 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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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? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• The Blue Jackets will retire Rick Nash’s No. 61 before a March 5 game against the Bruins. [Blue Jackets]

• “The NHL is in talks with Las Vegas officials about holding two new All-Star Game skills competition events outdoors on the Las Vegas Strip.” [ESPN]

• Mike Smith has suffered a setback in his recovery and is heading back to Edmonton. [Sportsnet]

• Jesperi Kotkaniemi is still adjusting to a new team and Rod Brind’Amour’s system with the Hurricanes. [News and Observer]

• A look at Moritz Seider and why he’s currently the Calder Trophy front-runner. [Daily Faceoff]

• Why benching Taylor Hall could be a good thing for the Bruins. [NESN]

• What’s the deal with the Capitals’ depth? [Japers’ Rink]

• Don’t expect to see Gordon Bombay back for season two of “Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.” [Deadline]

• The Rangers really need Alexandar Georgiev to help out Igor Shesterkin and lessen his workload. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Troy Terry has been a surprising offensive star of NHL season for the Ducks. [PHT]


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