Paul Maurice

PHT Morning Skate: Maurice working wonders in Winnipeg


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.

Paul Maurice has done a heck of a job in turning the Winnipeg Jets around this season and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. (Canadian Press)

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Times are getting sad in Ottawa with the Senators having such a disappointing season and now having lost five in a row. (Senators Extra)

Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier is slowly coming along from his groin strain. They’d love to have him back for their game Saturday against Montreal. (Toronto Sun)

The Bruins might be rolling, but there are still some concerns for their defense. It’s still nice to have Zdeno Chara around though. (

Wild forward Jason Zucker’s season is probably done. (Star Tribune)

Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau was named Hockey East’s Player of the Year. That’s probably not the only hardware he’ll win this season. (Flames)

UMass-Lowell defenseman Christian Folin is the latest hot name amongst college free agents and the Oilers, as well as 15-20 other teams, are hot for him. (Edmonton Journal)

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.