PHT Morning Skate: Flames to retire Iginla’s number; Pens need to trade Brassard

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• The Calgary Flames will be retiring Jarome Iginla’s no. 12 in March. (NHL.com/Flames)

• Coaches will be able to grab real-time data on a new Ipad app created by the NHL. (ESPN)

• What would the Maple Leafs look like if they didn’t have Jake Gardiner on their roster? They might find out starting next season. (Sportsnet)

• The Tampa Bay Lightning are by far the best team in the NHL. Special teams are one of the big things that separate them from the pack, according to Travis Yost. (TSN)

• Colorado has a great first line, but how does the rest of their lineup stack up? (The Hockey News)

• The Rangers shouldn’t go for one of the big-ticket free agents this summer. (Gotham SN)

• The Golden Knights are a much different team with Nate Schmidt in their lineup. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Sharks GM Doug Wilson is open to making a trade, but he wants to make sure it fits his team perfectly. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

• Everybody should be pulling for Coyotes rookie Conor Garland. (AZ Central)

• The Pittsburgh Penguins should try to find a way to trade away Derick Brassard. (Pensburgh)

• Veteran netminder Antti Niemi is playing so well that the Canadiens might opt to bring him back for another season. (A Winning Habit)

• Expectations were starting to build around the Buffalo Sabres, but we shouldn’t have gotten ahead of ourselves. (Yahoo)

• The Panthers’ offensive game plan is flawed and they have to figure out how to fix it before it’s too late. (The Point)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.