Brian Burke

PHT Morning Skate: Burke firing fallout continues


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.

Brian Burke’s firing has a lit a fire under the start of the season. Elliotte Friedman says the move was personal. (CBC)

Meanwhile, did Burke not wanting to pursue Roberto Luongo cost him his job? Mark Spector thinks so. (Sportsnet)

Burke’s legacy in Toronto had a lot more than just the Maple Leafs going for him. (The Globe And Mail)

New Leafs GM Dave Nonis knows his job won’t be easy. (

Elsewhere, the Ducks think Bruce Boudreau is the right coach for a short season. (L.A. Times)

What do you need in a short season? A deep bench. (Edmonton Journal)

The Predators have three guys who they hope their European exploits will pay off. (The Tennessean)

Jordan Eberle loves his spot on the power play. (Edmonton Journal)

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff says it would’ve been “utter craziness” if the season was lost. (Buffalo News)

Nathan Horton is all set for Bruins training camp. That’s great news. (

New dad Lars Eller is happy to get back to work with the Habs. (Montreal Gazette)

The Bruins and Senators know which kids they’re sending to camp for tryouts. (, Senators Extra)

Kris Versteeg’s new mustache is really something to behold. (On Frozen Pond)

Rene Bourque has a lot to prove to Montreal fans this year. (The Globe And Mail)

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.