PHT Morning Skate: Ted Leonsis will shave his head if Capitals, Wizards reach finals

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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.

Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards, promised that if both of his teams make it to finals, then he’ll shave his head. “That would be the least that I could do,” he said. (Washington Post)

New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero isn’t ruling out the possibility of hiring his former bench boss in Pittsburgh, Dan Bylsma, but he emphasized that it’s not a lock either. (NHL.com)

Mario Lemieux’s son, Austin, has been selected by the Omaha Lancers Tuesday in the ninth round of the United States Hockey League’s draft. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Bob Hartley has done a terrific job leading the young Calgary Flames into the playoffs, but that wasn’t the gameplan when former Flames GM Jay Feaster originally sought him out. At the time the Flames were more of a veteran team and Feaster felt Hartley would get the most out of the squad’s older players. In particular, Feaster was interested in getting a coach that would work well with Jarome Iginla. As it happened, Hartley and Iginla didn’t even spend a full season together in Calgary. (Calgary Sun)

On that note, here are the highlights from Calgary’s 4-3 overtime win against Anaheim:

Ilya Kovalchuk might return to the NHL someday, but it doesn’t sound like it will happen any time soon. (Slava Malamud)

The Montreal Canadiens might be down 2-0 in their second round series, but as long as they have goaltender Carey Price, they have a shot. (Canadian Press)