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PHT Morning Skate: Will there be changes in Los Angeles?

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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.

Is it time for a shake-up in Los Angeles? If so, is it time for a trade a coaching change to get things rolling? (LA Times)

It seems like everyone has an opinion on the Colorado Avalanche’s recent struggles. Apparently, “everyone” includes backup goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. (Denver Post)

Highlight reel goals. Crushing body checks. Big time fights. Any way you cut it, Nick Foligno is becoming a well-rounded weapon for the Senators. (Ottawa Sun)

Zdeno Chara was forced to leave about halfway through the Bruins/Blue Jackets game on Saturday night due to the dreaded “lower body injury.” Boston can’t be excited about the possibility of life without their captain for any extended period of time. (CSN New England)

Do you want to see a Mike Fisher vs. Bobby Ryan mini-fight followed by Carrie Underwood’s reaction? Of course you do! (NY Times)

Not everyone thinks the current realignment proposal is perfect. Preserving divisional rivals is great, but what about those rivalries that have developed within the same conference over the past two decades? (Boston Herald)

The Minnesota Wild were the first team to 40 points. They were the first to 20 wins. Yet still, the players want more. As Head Coach Mike Yeo says, “winners are never satisfied.” (Star Tribune)

Chris Chelios will be inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. At least he retired in time to be inducted before his 50th birthday. (Buffalo News)

A pair of NHLers are gearing up for Team Canada at this year’s World Junior Championships. Like they’re not strong enough already. (QMI Agency)

Spin-o-ramas are so November. Check out as Ryan Callahan starts a spin move and changes his mind after 180 degrees. Not a bad shorthanded goal from the Rangers captain. (NHL.com)

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female

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Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for assault on a female, per WNCN.

Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.