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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Flyers go silent

Jul 24, 2012, 10:00 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.

Charlie Pierce wonders if the NHL’s owners are losing their mind during the CBA negotiations. (Grantland)

Eric Stephens provides the following Lubomir Visnovsky update: his case will go to an arbitrator, but the date isn’t known yet. (Eric Stephens)

Adrian Dater weighs in on everyone who weighed in on the Rick Nash deal. Also, he weighs in on the Rick Nash deal. (Sports Illustrated)

Does anyone else feel like the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer sheet to Shea Weber smells an awful lot like what NBA observers call a “poison pill” contract? There’s plenty of little detail differences, but see if you notice any big-picture parallels between the Flyers’ courtship of Weber and the Houston Rockets’ pursuit of Jeremy Lin. (ESPN)

Speaking of Weber, Sam Carchidi reports through a “source” that the Flyers haven’t spoken to Weber since last Wednesday. Strange. (Sam Carchidi)

It’s likely that many non-Rangers fans felt jealous to see New York add Rick Nash, but at least one San Jose Sharks writer breathed a sigh of relief that he won’t play for his team. The Neutral also believes the Columbus Blue Jackets did pretty well in the deal, so perhaps there’s a contrary air to it all? (Fear the Fin)

Joe Haggerty calls Claude Julien’s contract extension “well-deserved.” (

We fixated on the Roberto Luongo update last night, but Mike Gillis also discussed subjects such as the Vancouver Canucks defense and offense during a sprawling chat. (Part I, II and III)

Breaking Rick Nash down “by the numbers.” (

Brian Campbell discusses how much fun he’s having with the Florida Panthers. Word is that he’s financially stable, too. (

  1. hockeyfootball98 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Fail its Nashville that hasnt spoke with Weber not as stated above.

    • uncledick - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      I was going to say that, good catch.

    • andyb02 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Thanks for clarifying that. As a Flyers fan that made me nervous for a second. That was just as big of a mistake as making Flyers day yesterday.

      • mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        PHT…. only a little better than Bleacher Report

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        NOTHING is comparable to the garbage that is the Bleacher Report. It’s truly sad that I have learned to google with –bleacherreport in the search field.

  2. sgtr0c - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Pioson pill- they are the same as in Weber will prolly be untradeable, but NBA, a smaller market team bumped a large market team, who was close to the cap(tax). In NHL, one team is pushing to the cap floor and the other spends to the max. So same, but a lot different method.

  3. mattj2524 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Seems like owners crying about CBA rules that they voted in allowing these very deals to take place.

    If you know you’ve got a prize player going into an RFA offseason, at this point you should know during the prior season to get that players intensions regarding free agency. You either make an offer you can afford with the intent to keep him, or you find a team willing to pay your asking price in a trade. For Nashville to have issue with the way this went down at this point is rediculous.

    If the Bruins had Seidenburg (Suter) going into free agency the same year that Chara (Weber) was going into an RFA offseason – and both were in their primes as Suter and Weber are – who do you think they’d be concerned about??

    I understand there are glaring differences, but in an attempt to draw a parallel, the Preds had to make Weber a priority. And they didn’t. And then after they didn’t…they dragged their feet in apparent trade talks. So this is the result.

  4. lloydpricessister - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    nobody wants to end up in that filthy broken down city. weber would rather play between soup can sids thoroughbred thighs

    • mattj2524 - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Filthy broke down city?

      Aren’t you guys still hoping steel makes a comeback?

      Good luck with that

    • mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      its funny cause at first you say, nobody wants to end up in a city like Pittsburgh. then you say he WANTS to play in Pittsburgh, even though he never even thought for a sec to sign with the Pens….

      hmmmmm if population was intelligence you would be Antarctica

  5. lloydpricessister - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    wow that was a good one lol get ur head out ur ass brah and realize that pittsburgh is the place for all sports. you just wish u were in the soup can army and not a rat infested wannabe pitt like city brah. poser

    • ncictgrones - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      You stay classy, Pens fan.

      • polegojim - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        He’s lloyd is the same pimple faced pringles/soup can kid that posts under many names.

        Ignoring the ignorance is best – he starts 9th grade this fall.

    • mattj2524 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Eagerly waiting 2014 when Malkin does you like Staal did and walks away without thinking twice. You better start thinking about that post now – that’s going to be a tough one to find an upside to…

      • claysbar - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Staal hardly walked away. He informed the team well ahead of time he had no intentions of resigning with the Pens and gave management plenty of time to foster a trade that worked for all involved parties.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Except basketball.

      • cleverbob - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        And let’s be real, baseball too. Half of a good season does not negate the past 20 years…

    • estebomb - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      “pittsburgh is a place for all sports”
      How’s that NBA team working out?

  6. mclovinhockey - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    wait… did anyone read the part where it says some people think the blue jackets did well in the deal.

    who ever said that should be not be involved sports reporting….

  7. mattj2524 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    @ claysbar – I’d say that’s almost worse than walking away. I mean it was respectful in that he advised the team well in advance to trade him so that they could get value back for him, but at the end of the day, when one of the best 2 way centers in the game says he has no interest in sticking around your organization, it’s never a good thing.

    • claysbar - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      He had no interest because he was always gonna be the third wheel as long as Crosby and Malkin were in the picture and if you have a chance to play the game with your brother, that kinda speaks for itself. I, in no way shape or form, see any of it as an affront to the Pens organization. I see your point, but just don’t agree with it.

  8. bledalotofgreen - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Come on clown everybody knows there’s only 1 major city in pa nobody wants to play in a hillbilly mountain town like pitt

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