PHT Morning Skate: Former Leafs coach expects 7-8 year rebuild


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.

It seems like former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has a part-time job in which he says negative things about his old team. The Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno presents the latest it of grim commentary, as Wilson told Fan 590 that their rebuild could take seven-to-eight years. (Whyno’s tweet)

The NHL’s top 10 rising prospects. (The Hockey News)

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It looks like Vancouver is indeed going forward with naming a street Pat Quinn Way. Great stuff. (Metro News)

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Gary Agnew thought the team looked “lethargic” in their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (Penguins website)

A commercial involving Bobby Ryan and Brent Burns seems random – especially since it isn’t for a pizza company – but it turns brilliant here:

See any resemblance?

Video: Hammond, Senators win again


Andrew Hammond continues to surprise. The Ottawa Senators continue to win.

Against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, the 27-year-old Hammond made 35 saves and the Senators skated to a 3-1 victory, which is their sixth win in the last seven games. Hammond has six wins in eight games this season and has still yet to lose in regulation at the NHL level. He also hasn’t given up more than two goals in each of his eight appearances with the Senators this season.

Talk about a good story.

Included in his portfolio of saves Wednesday was a spectacular right pad stop, as Hammond did the splits while moving to his right to deny Andrew Ladd.

Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. There was no update on his condition afterward, according to Patrick Williams of


Video: Byfuglien leaves game with upper-body injury


Earlier in the evening, we showed you a clip of Winnipeg Jets powerhouse Dustin Byfuglien throwing a huge, clean hit on Ottawa Senators forward David Legwand.

But, as the teams emerged for the third period, it was announced Byfuglien has left the game due to an upper-body injury. The video clip below shows Byfuglien in the middle of his shift, favoring his right arm, basically unable to even hold his stick with his right hand by the end, as Ottawa scored to make it 3-0.

Video: Byfuglien hammers Legwand, adds to highlight reel


In some very good timing, the Winnipeg Jets tweeted out their top five hits of the season on the same night when Dustin Byfuglien did this to Ottawa forward David Legwand:

(H/T to SB Nation)

Though temporarily shaken, Legwand didn’t miss any time and return to the game shortly thereafter.

And now, here’s the video we mentioned off the top — in which Byfuglien represents the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 hits of the year for Winnipeg:

Bad, bad man.

Goalie nods: Rotation over? Jets give Hutchinson fifth straight start


All the latest from the blue paint…

No more timeshare in Winnipeg

Altering starts between Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson looks to have gone the way of the dodo, as Hutchinson will get his fifth straight — and seventh in the Jets’ last eight games — tonight against Ottawa.

Hutchinson is coming off three solid performances: 18 saves in a 5-2 win over L.A., allowing just one goal on 29 shots in a shootout loss to St. Louis and stopping 26 of 28 in a victory against Dallas. With the Jets in a playoff position and not wanting to give up any ground, it’s no surprise head coach Paul Maurice is leaning on Hutchinson, who’s 19-7-5 on the year with a .919 save percentage and 2.28 GAA.

For the Sens, Andrew Hammond will start — his seventh consecutive nod.


Rangers at Wings: Cam Talbot (probable) vs. Jimmy Howard

Pens at Avs: Nothing from either team yet.

Habs at Ducks: (Nothing from Montreal yet) vs. John Gibson