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PHT Morning Skate: Where rules get “tortured”

Apr 6, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

Marcel Goc, Jose Theodore, Troy Brouwer AP

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.

Nicholas Cotsonika reports that professional hockey players will be among the athletes who will take part in an ambitious bit of concussion-related research. (Yahoo via The Hockey News)

Ray Ratto on how Ryane Clowe “tortured” the rules with his goofy little interference last night. (

NHL official Don Henderson believes that Pee Wee-level hockey should include checking. (

Maybe the Mark Messier talk is a little hasty, but let’s face it: Brooks Laich did back up his guarantee with a game-winning goal. (

Adrian Dater is already glum about “we battled hard excuses” that he’ll likely receive from Colorado Avalanche players and front office people after the team was bounced from the playoffs on Thursday night. (All Things Avs)

While the Avalanche give off a beaten-down vibe, Mike Heika reports that the prevailing emotion for the Dallas Stars was anger. (Dallas Morning News)

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres try to pick up the pieces from a disappointing season, a letdown of a night and a lot of wasted money. Wit that in mind, John Vogl asks Sabres fans: what should the team do next? (Sabres Edge) takes a look at how Dale Tallon’s moves helped the Florida Panthers end their NHL-record 12-year drought. (

Joe Haggerty provides some rave reviews Anton Khudobin’s first game with the Boston Bruins. (

  1. rainyday56 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Mark Messier had 5 rings when he made his guarantee. Laich, not so many.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Laich never ‘guaranteed” it. He never said that word at all. he said HE believes that the team would make playoffs and he wasn’t ready quite, if you read his words instead of what the main stream media is saying, you would understand that. It is not in Laich’s character to say dumb things like that and yes he back up his alleged word/words. And one out their that still thinks that he said that you are moron and check your facts.

  2. pastabelly - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I am not going to read the link to checking in Peewee hockey. But all it’s going to take is one brutal injury as the result of a very large 13-year old on an undersized 11-year old to cause league officials to be concerned with lawsuits and protecting children. It just isn’t necessary. Kids that age should be focusing on fundamentals rather than how to become more physical players. Good programs (I like to think we’re involved with one in Walpole, MA) know what to focus on.

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