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PHT Morning Skate: Maurice working wonders in Winnipeg

Mar 21, 2014, 8:20 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.

Paul Maurice has done a heck of a job in turning the Winnipeg Jets around this season and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. (Canadian Press)

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Times are getting sad in Ottawa with the Senators having such a disappointing season and now having lost five in a row. (Senators Extra)

Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier is slowly coming along from his groin strain. They’d love to have him back for their game Saturday against Montreal. (Toronto Sun)

The Bruins might be rolling, but there are still some concerns for their defense. It’s still nice to have Zdeno Chara around though. (CSNNE.com)

Wild forward Jason Zucker‘s season is probably done. (Star Tribune)

Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau was named Hockey East’s Player of the Year. That’s probably not the only hardware he’ll win this season. (Flames)

UMass-Lowell defenseman Christian Folin is the latest hot name amongst college free agents and the Oilers, as well as 15-20 other teams, are hot for him. (Edmonton Journal)

  1. ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I haven’t watched much Jets hockey this year, but looking at the standings…. in what way have the Jets turned around? they’re 22nd in the league.

    • faceoff77 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      “I haven’t watched much Jets hockey this year,”

      Obviously

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        that’s why it’s a question douchebag.

  2. lofty35 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Jets record was 19-23-5 when Maurice took over. He’s done an amazing job for Winnipeg.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      oh i forgot they didn’t start the season with him.

  3. patthehockeyfan - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Sorry to interrupt, Yerdon. I’ve been following the Tim Bozon story – poor kid. I know PHT posted a couple of stories about him, one of which indicated that a trust was planned to collect funds for his medical expenses. A commenter on that story asked that details about the trust be posted when obtained.

    It was today that I received a Google alert linking to a story published Wednesday (link is below). In that story, they listed this information about the trust:

    “The public can make donations at any BMO Bank of Montreal branch in Western Canada.

    Those outside Western Canada can send the donations to the Tim Bozon Trust care of the Western Hockey League, 2424 University Drive NW, Calgary AB, T2N 3Y9.”

    I assume they mean: Tim Bozon Trust
    c/o The Western Hockey League

    http://metronews.ca/news/regina/976760/whl-player-tim-bozon-getting-better-says-saskatoon-health-region/

  4. Professor Fate - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Glad to here Bernier may be playing again soon. Too bad you have to be an ex-King to be mentioned on this site. Kings won last night in a shootout, but nary a word here.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      lolwut? Kings Hockey Talk? I’ve heard Pennsylvania Hockey Talk, but never heard anybody complain about all the (former) Kings coverage.

  5. muckleflugga - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    patthehockeyfan

    good post … assuming bozon’s a swiss national he would need private healthcare insurance in abundance

    if you’re sending your kid to canada to play hockey, come with him and make it your principal home … after a year’s residency he’d benefit from our superb universal healthcare system …

    you know … the one that makes every card-carrying right wing jack-boot goose-stepping republican extremist fill their polyester off-the-rack sunday baptist pants with fear a healthy america might actually prosper in areas where minimum wage slavery and third-world conditions continue to thrive

    that one

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      This political message brought to you by …

      Never mind. Political discussions are limited to the Sunday morning talk shows.

      Thanks, muckle. It would be great to see Bozon recover and one day play in the NHL.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Maurice has brought stability to the Jets & has them looking promising. Now if they could somehow upgrade their goaltending & add a top 6 forward they could make some noise

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