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PHT Morning Skate: Rangers losing secures them third-round pick

Rick Nash

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on January 20, 2013 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 6-3.

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.

With the New York Rangers eliminated from the playoffs, they will receive a third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as part of the Rick Nash trade. At the same time, the Blue Jackets got the Rangers first-round pick from the same deal. That pick will be no worse than 19th overall. (

Beat writer Andrew Gross doesn’t think there’s any truth to the rumors that Rangers coach John Tortorella will be fired this summer. (Bergen Record)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was “pissed” at himself due to his recent struggles, but he bounced back in a big way on Saturday. (CSN Chicago)

Jarret Stoll (concussion) was on the ice with his Kings teammates over the weekend after skating on Friday for the first time since the Raffi Torres hit. (LA Kings Insider)

An extensive preview of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ upcoming series against the Boston Bruins. (

Daniel Cleary thinks the Detroit Red Wings have to approach Game 6 as if their “backs are against the wall.” (Detroit Free Press)

20 years later, former NHL referee Kerry Fraser is still hearing about his non-call on Wayne Gretzky’s high stick against Doug Gilmour. (Toronto Sun)

Highlights from San Jose’s 2-1 win over Los Angeles: