PHT Morning Skate: Rask downplays retirement; Can hockey be summer sport?

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Tuukka Rask is downplaying reports about him wanting to retire. (WEEI)

• The NHL shouldn’t be in a hurry to cancel their season. (Ottawa Sun)

Aleksander Barkov feels like it wouldn’t be right for the Panthers not to qualify for the playoffs. (TSN)

• The NHL pause is just another obstacle the Blue Jackets have to face. (The Hockey News)

• The Flames and Oilers will have temporary layoffs. (CTV News)

• Todd McLellan wanted to see how his reenergized team would have done down the stretch. (LA Times)

• Whether the NHL season resumes or not, the ‘Canes have a lot to be proud of. (News & Observer)

• The Maple Leafs will give Nicholas Robertson every opportunity to make their team next season. (Leafs Nation)

• Can hockey be a summer sport? (Tampa Times)

• Canucks Army spoke to former goalie Corey Hirsch. (Canucks Army)

• The Flyers are trying to stay ready for a possible season. (NBC Sports Philly)

• It sounds like the World Hockey Championship won’t be making a stop in Switzerland after all. (Swiss Hockey News)

• Here’s a ranking of all the Carolina Hurricanes jerseys. (Hockey by Design)

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.

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