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PHT Morning Skate: Is this the playoffs of parity? One writer believes it is

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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.

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe And Mail says that these playoffs are what parity is made of. Hard to argue with him on that. (Globe And Mail)

Could the Blues-Kings series wind up the lowest scoring playoff series of all time? Some are already talking like it will be. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Meanwhile, Helene Elliott says the Kings are following the book of playoff success by the letter. (Los Angeles Times)

One reason why the Blackhawks are out of the playoffs that’s got nothing to do with Mike Smith? The core of the team played poorly. (ESPN Chicago)

Guys, you won’t believe this. Wings GM Ken Holland supports Pavel Datsyuk to win the Selke Trophy. I’ll give you a moment to pick up your jaw from the floor. (Detroit Free Press)

Carolina re-signed forward Jiri Tlusty to a new two-year deal worth $3.2 million. (News & Observer)

Finally, check out Coyotes prospect goalie Mark Visentin scoring a goal in the OHL playoffs against the Ottawa 67’s. Everything is coming up Coyotes! (YouTube)

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female (Updated)

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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.

Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

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.