PHT Morning Skate: Was Rick Nash worth the price of admission?

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• Did the Boston Bruins shell out too much for Rick Nash? (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

• Hurricanes release statement after the tragic death of Jordan Staal‘s infant daughter (Hurricanes)

• Shoulder injury expected to sideline Auston Matthews for at least 10 days (

• Ottawa Senators place Alex Burrows, Johnny Oduya on waivers (Ottawa Citizen)

Tomas Plekanec bids farewell to fans, but isn’t ruling out a return next season (Eyes of the Prize)

• Could Artem Anisimov return to Columbus? (The Rink)

Kyle Connor quietly crushing rookie season (FanRag)

• Why Devils owners want Taylor Hall as ‘backbone’ of the franchise (

• Woe to you, NHL (Jewels from the Crown)

• Top Olympic Hockey moments from the 2018 Winter Games (NBC Olympics)

• Gary Bettman on 2022 Olympics: ‘I don’t know that we want to go to China’ (Sportsnet)

• On the Topic Of the NHL/Olympics Squabble (Scotty Wazz)

• Do it for Daron:

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