PHT Morning Skate: Praise for Patrick Roy


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.

Could Alain Vigneault end up replacing Claude Noel as the Winnipeg Jets’ head coach? (Winnipeg Sun)

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was happy with forward Beau Bennett’s performance on Wednesday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Colorado defenseman Shane O’Brien was excited to hear that Patrick Roy will serve as the Avalanche’s bench boss. (Denver Post)

Meanwhile former Colorado Avalanche head coach and current Calgary Flames bench boss Bob Hartley knew it was just a matter of time before Roy rose to the rank of NHL coach. The two won the Stanley Cup together in 2000-01. “Of my former players, he’s the one that I always stayed the closest,” Hartley said. (Calgary Sun)

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (eye) had “some ups and downs” after attempting to return on May 6, but he’s making progress. (Newsday)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 4.1 goals per game in the 2013 playoffs. Among those that participated in at least two postseason rounds, that’s better than any other team in the last 15 years. (

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will play in Game 5 after getting yanked during Wednesday’s 7-3 loss. (Ottawa Sun)

Highlights from Los Angeles’ 3-0 victory over San Jose:

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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.