Michal Handzus

PHT Morning Skate: Handzus not eager to hang it up


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.

Chicago’s Michal Handzus has been at this NHL thing for a while now and playing with the Blackhawks and winning a Stanley Cup last season only keeps him wanting more. (CSNChicago.com)

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Caps defenseman Mike Green thinks he knows what will fix their defensive woes: More blocked shots. (CSNWashington.com)

Jets backup goalie Michael Hutchinson will get a start in one of the final three games of the season. Heck of a story for a guy who started the year in the ECHL. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Red Wings rookie Tomas Jurco wants to make his shot more effective. Just what they need, another young guy to start sniping goals. (Detroit Free Press)

Will anyone lose their job because of the Toronto Maple Leafs collapse? (Toronto Sun)

If you haven’t seen the on-ice brawl between the NYPD and NYFD hockey players at a charity game on Long Island, you’re going to want to fix that. It’s like a scene out of “Rescue Me” but without Denis Leary and Cam Neely involved. (Puck Daddy)

Finally, if you really want to be grossed out today, check out the damage done to Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff’s ear when a puck almost took it clean off. (Warning: Very graphic photo) (Christian Ehrhoff on Twitter)

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.

Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

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Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

From the club:

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.