PHT Morning Skate: Trotz preaches importance of keeping coaches on same page


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.

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz feels that the team will be dysfunctional unless all of the coaches are on the same page. (CSN Washington)

Keaton Ellerby is grateful for the hockey community’s support since his uncle Alvin Liknes, Liknes’ wife, Kathryn, and their five-year-old grandson went missing. (Winnipeg Sun)

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews reflect on winning the Stanley Cup twice. (CSN Chicago)

On that note, here’s a look at how successful teams have been that have tied their fate to a pair of superstar players in the cap era. (SB Nation)

Adrian Dater tells the story about how the Colorado Avalanche were nearly named the Rocky Mountain Extreme. (Denver Post)

Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens had been eyeing a four year deal “for quite some time” before they pulled the trigger. (Canadiens’ website)

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.