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PHT Morning Skate: Randy Carlyle fired/Bruce Boudreau hired reaction edition


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.

In case you missed it, the Ducks fired Randy Carlyle after beating Montreal 4-1 last night and hired Bruce Boudreau to take his spot just three days after getting canned by the Caps.

Eric Stephens at the OC Register is the go-to guy on all things Ducks. (OC Register)

Stephen Whyno was prescient when asking Boudreau about Anaheim as a potential future landing spot. (Washington Times)

The kids at Anaheim Calling are very proud of themselves as they’ve been calling for Carlyle’s ouster. (Anaheim Calling)

Puck Daddy, meanwhile, is calling the hiring of Boudreau to take Carlyle’s spot a “genius” move. (Puck Daddy)

Elsewhere around the league:

David Perron is shaping up to be back in the lineup for St. Louis this weekend. Good news all around. (Post-Dispatch)

Calgary’s top defenseman Mark Giordano is on injured reserve. Just what they needed, more bad news. (TSN)

The Kings are getting Dexter-like in their ability to kill. Kill penalties that is you sick freaks. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Joe Finley the “Lawnmower Man” gets the call to join the Sabres. (Buffalo News)

Mark Spector had a great piece about the late, great Jim Kelley. (Sportsnet)

Anatomy lesson: Jo Innes breaks down what it’s like to break your jaw. (Backhand Shelf)

The Sharks be line shufflin’. (CSNBayArea.com)

Oh sure, the Bruins beat down the Maple Leafs but Steve Simmons says it felt like a win. Sure, it did Steve. (Toronto Sun)

Hall of Fame hockey writer Jim Kelley dies at age 61 after battling cancer


There’s some sad news for the hockey world tonight, as reports indicate that veteran columnist and Hall of Fame writer Jim Kelley died today after a long battle fighting pancreatic cancer. He was 61 years old.

Kelley is survived by his wife Susan and two daughters, Erin and Megan, as well as three grandchildren.

One bittersweet note: Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca said that he filed his last column at 1:30 a.m. today/last night. Now that’s an impressive example of the kind of work ethic that earns someone membership into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Kelley, a former contributor to msnbc.com, began his newspaper career when he was 17 years old and used it to work his way through college, according to his bio. He started covering hockey around the same time that legendary coach Scotty Bowman landed in Buffalo, describing the experience as a “baptism by fire.”

Here is a summary of the well-respected hockey writer’s career, via one of his employers, Sportsnet.ca.

Kelley began covering the NHL in 1981 for The Buffalo News and went on to cover the Stanley Cup Finals for 23 straight years. In 2004, Kelley received the prestigious Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for honour in journalism and hockey. Later the same year he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Kelley was a broadcaster on all-sports radio station The Fan 590 and had been a columnist for sportsnet.ca for several years. On Tuesday he filed a column evaluating the two-year reign of Brian Burke in Toronto called ‘All part of the process’

It’s absolutely sad news to hear of Kelley’s passing, but it’s nice to see that he was honored for his work before he died. Our hearts go out to his family as they deal with this loss.

(Photo via Sportsnet.ca.)