PHT Morning Skate: Joe Thornton’s heating up; Carter Hart’s maturity

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• The Predators have made a few trades already, but they need to be all-in before the trade deadline. (The Hockey News)

• Even though he’s just 20 years old, Flyers goalie Carter Hart has shown a level of maturity that is remarkable. (

Joe Thornton is healthy and playing his best hockey of the season. (Mercury News)

• Stars video coach Kelly Forbes didn’t get to spend the mom’s trip with his mother because she passed away in January. But Arlene Forbes was the one pushing for the mothers to spend time on the road with their boys. (Dallas News)

• Dick Patrick finally gets to see his name on the Stanley Cup. It took a lot of work, but he finally got there. The Washington Post has the incredible story of the Patrick family and their link to the hockey world. (Washington Post)

• Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians met before the Bolts’ game on Saturday night. (Tampa Times)

• There’s certain issues the Penguins will have to work through before the start of the playoffs. They have to figure out if they have enough depth and they need to know if they can count on their goaltending. (Post-Gazette)

• WEEI takes a deeper look at who the Bruins might add before the trade deadline. (WEEI)

• Ducks ownership sent a letter to their season ticket holders. Here’s what they had to say after they fired Randy Carlyle: “This has been a surprisingly difficult season. We supported Bob Murray’s previous decision to allow the players and staff to battle out of this situation. While no one person should take the blame for our current predicament, recent results dictated that Bob needed to make this move.” (Anaheim Calling)

• If Brandon Pirri isn’t scoring for the Vegas Golden Knights, it’s hard for them to utilize him. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Young cancer survivor Brock Chessel got to spend a day with the Toronto Marlies. (BarDown)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

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