PHT Morning Skate: Penguins in for eventful summer

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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.

The Pittsburgh Penguins might be very busy this summer. Not including those inked to entry-level deals, the only Penguins players signed through at least the 2014-15 campaign are Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Paul Martin, and Marc-Andre Fleury. (Penguins.nhl.com)

A look at where the Columbus Blue Jackets stand defensively going into the summer. (Columbus Dispatch)

The 2013 Stanley Cup finals have the potential to be a fierce series. (CSN Chicago)

With the Boston Bruins reaching the Stanley Cup finals, this seems like a good time to look back on the trade that sent goaltender Tuukka Rask from Toronto to Boston. According to recent reports, the Bruins were willing to take now 27-year-old netminder Justin Pogge — who has only played in seven career NHL games — instead of Rask. The Maple Leafs got Andrew Raycroft in the Rask trade and of course in hindsight, that was a very bad move for Toronto. (Toronto Sun)

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford thinks their scheduling issues are being incorrectly portrayed as a battle between the Hurricanes and the NC State Wolfpack. (News & Observer)

Profiling 2013 NHL Entry Draft prospect Mirco Mueller. (Bluesjackets.nhl.com)