Alex Kovalev

PHT Morning Skate: Where Alex Kovalev wants to stage an NHL comeback


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.

North Dakota has ditched their controversial nickname and logo. (

Graham Hathway wonders if it would make sense for the Detroit Red Wings to trade Pavel Datsyuk. (Detroit Free Press)

2009 first-round pick Kyle Palmieri wrote a blog post about the start of training camp in Norfolk. (

Alex Kovalev is hoping to work his way back into the NHL when the lockout ends. (Calgary Sun)

Andrew Ladd has turned down the opportunity to play in the KHL. Instead, he’ll stay with his pregnant wife. (Winnipeg Sun)

A look at the AHL Toronto Marlies’ training camp. (TSN)

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.