PHT Morning Skate: Gaudreau’s Hart Trophy case; Intriguing buy-low candidate

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• Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin deserves a lot of credit for fixing the mess he made in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

• Caps owner Ted Leonsis expects to make an announcement about his team’s White House visit soon. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

• Is the Devils defense making their goaltending look even worse than it is? (All About the Jersey)

• Antoine Vermette has officially retired from the NHL. (NHLPA.com)

• The younger players on the Flyers roster have been excelling under interim head coach Scott Gordon. (Philly.com)

• If your team is going to be a buyer at the trade deadline and they don’t want to give up grade-A assets to land someone, here are five players they should look at. (The Hockey News)

• The Score looks at three teams that should push to land Artemi Panarin from Columbus. (The Score)

• The Detroit Red Wings will retire Red Kelly’s no. 4 on Friday night prior to their game against Toronto. (NHL.com)

Brayden Schenn could be the perfect buy-low candidate at this year’s trade deadline. (TSN)

• The Avs’ goalie situation has been messy, but what can they do about it? (Mile High Hockey)

Johnny Gaudreau has made a strong case for the Hart Trophy. (Flames Nation)

• The Nashville Predators have had a good season so far, but they can always get better. Here’s five players they should target ahead of the trade deadline. (On the Forecheck)

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.