PHT Morning Skate: Rest coming soon for Varlamov

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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.

The Colorado Avalanche are essentially locked into a first round match-up with the Chicago Blackhawks. Avs coach Patrick Roy will use that as a reason to rest goalie Semyon Varlamov as the season comes to a close. (The Denver Post)

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The Boston Bruins weren’t exactly happy with some of the calls (and non-calls) in last night’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. (CSNNE.com)

The Winnipeg Jets were officially eliminated from playoff contention last night after losing to Pittsburgh. Pour one out for the gang from Manitoba. (Winnipeg Sun)

Bobby Ryan is enjoying Ottawa and wants to stick around town. (Ottawa Sun)

Bruins VP Cam Neely wants to see the league add a trophy for the league’s best offensive defenseman. Bobby Orr Trophy, anyone? (CSNNE.com)

T.J. Oshie’s new baby daughter is recovering after having surgery for a birth defect. (Today Show)

Lost in all the craziness in Toronto last night, James Reimer is now likely the man back in charge of trying to get the Maple Leafs into the playoffs. (Sportsnet)