PHT Morning Skate: Where the lockout is sort of like “Rocky”


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.

John Shannon compares the lockout to that scene in “Rocky” where Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa both collapse in exhaustion … only he wonders if no one will get up in the NHL/NHLPA remake. (Sportsnet)

It might be exhausting to read another profile detailing the human side – or at least both sides – of Gary Bettman, but this is another good one. (The Los Angeles Times)

Cody Hodgson returned from a broken hand to play for the Rochester Americans on Saturday. (AHL)

Looking back, Joe Pelletier is baffled that Bobby Orr missed out on a few more Hart Trophy nods. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Looking back on Alexander Mogilny’s 76-goal season. (

Sam Carchidi on the lockout: “the lunacy continues.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Jordan Eberle keeps going in the AHL; he scored a hat trick for the Oklahoma City Barons last night. (Edmonton Oilers Twitter feed)

Luke Richardson settles in to his new head coaching gig. (AHL)

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.