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PHT Morning Skate: Yup, Leafs fans were chanting “Fire Burke” last night

Casey Cizikas; James Reimer

Toronto Maple Leafs fans wear paper bags over their heads before an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


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.

With how miserable the Leafs have played in the second half, especially lately, you knew the “Fire Burke” chants were coming. Losing 5-2 to the Islanders at home gets Jeff Blair to go on full attack against the team. (Globe And Mail)

Of course, not all things written by Toronto columnists is going to be agreed with and the guys at Pension Plan Puppets sure don’t agree with Blair’s take on the situation. (PPP)

Well look here, Travis Zajac is very close to returning to the Devils lineup. (Fire & Ice)

Taylor Hall got his skate on yesterday as he looks to get back after his concussion. (Edmonton Journal)

Tyler Myers is back for Buffalo after his suspension. (Buffalo News)

Ilya Kovalchuk cares not about scoring his 400th goal, he wants the playoffs. (NHL)

Uh oh you guys, the St. Louis Blues finally had a fully healthy practice for the first time this year. (Post-Dispatch)

Former Red Wings forward Shawn Burr is battling cancer. (Sun Media)

Meanwhile, Mike Babcock would really like to see his team tighten things up defensively and fast. (Detroit Free Press)

Turns out that Rangers GM Glen Sather is a big Mats Zuccarello fan and wants to see him back in New York. (Ranger Rants)