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PHT Morning Skate: Praise for Patrick Roy

May 24, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

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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.

Could Alain Vigneault end up replacing Claude Noel as the Winnipeg Jets’ head coach? (Winnipeg Sun)

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was happy with forward Beau Bennett‘s performance on Wednesday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Colorado defenseman Shane O’Brien was excited to hear that Patrick Roy will serve as the Avalanche’s bench boss. (Denver Post)

Meanwhile former Colorado Avalanche head coach and current Calgary Flames bench boss Bob Hartley knew it was just a matter of time before Roy rose to the rank of NHL coach. The two won the Stanley Cup together in 2000-01. “Of my former players, he’s the one that I always stayed the closest,” Hartley said. (Calgary Sun)

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (eye) had “some ups and downs” after attempting to return on May 6, but he’s making progress. (Newsday)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 4.1 goals per game in the 2013 playoffs. Among those that participated in at least two postseason rounds, that’s better than any other team in the last 15 years. (

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will play in Game 5 after getting yanked during Wednesday’s 7-3 loss. (Ottawa Sun)

Highlights from Los Angeles’ 3-0 victory over San Jose:

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  1. polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Great deal… what many don’t know is why Roy delayed…

    He wanted to ASSURE Kroenke’s are going to SPEND ‘the cap’ under him. He wants to build a winner quickly… and bring a toughness the Avs need and had.

    Teams need to see the Avs on the schedule and NOT be happy about it, even during the short rebuilding.

    From a Wings fan… Great Job Avs… look forward to a renewed and heated up rivalry

    • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      As a Wing’s fan you should know that they will be in the East next year and will rarely play the Aves.

      • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Thank you Captain obvious… and… as long as they WILL ever play the Avs, I want the rivalry to be resurrected.

        Feel free not to think for me.

  2. shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Our media and society fawn over guys like Roy way too much. How eager and gleeful we seem to quickly forget how douchefully this honk carried himself, and how he conducted himself in junior hockey with his idiot kids. His fans will thumbs down me, but I sure as hell ain’t wrong.

    • barkar942 - May 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Maybe the hockey media will make Roy the new poster child target over Torts.

  3. mathieug79 - May 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    As Patrick Roy’s first move: Tells GM to release Shane O’Brien!

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