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PHT Morning Skate: Bryzgalov on the threat of players staying in the KHL

Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 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.

Ilya Bryzgalov ponders the KHL’s chances of nabbing NHL players even after the lockout ends. Bonus points if you have a Russian passport. (TSN)

Buddy Oakes represents a sub-set of hardcore hockey types who should scare both sides: people with other hobbies. (Preds on the Glass)

The bad news: Jonathan Huberdeau’s team lost 11-2 last night. The good news: Huberdeau scored both of his team’s goals. (Rotoworld)

Earlier this week, Brandon Worley wondered if Dallas Stars fans would accept scabs, er, replacement players. (Defending Big D)

Elliotte Friedman imagines what the first two weeks of the 2012-13 would have been like. (CBC via Kukla’s Korner)

How does Matt Duchene feel about Gabriel Landeskog supplanting him as the “face” of the Colorado Avalanche’s franchise? (Mile High Hockey)

Harrison Mooney’s odd post about babies, hockey and socks. (Puck Daddy)

Cornelius Hardenbergh mourns a lack of Jack Edwards. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Scott Parse hopes he can turn his career around. (Fire & Ice)

  1. tackledummy1505 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    The NHLPA better be careful. Replacement players are sounding great at this point. Small market teams will make out because every team has a chance now, amateur players will be playing for a chance to play in a big league market, probably also to make more money then they do right now. Not to mention it maybe some players chance just to do something they love as a hobby, as a job now. I would be one of those guys right now signing up for a chance to play. Fans of hockey don’t care who plays, just as long as they get their sport and they see people working their butt off to win. Well at least that’s the mentality in Philadelphia. You could work your tail off for the Islanders and maybe 100 people would notice lol. The longer this lockout goes, the worst it will be for the players and for the league overall. I’ve never been a fan of a player who wants to make more money than someone who has invested in them in the first place. Plus you are playing a sport, which is actually I job I would love waking up to do every day. Good luck players

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Fans of hockey, and other sports, DO care who plays. How else to explain why most (not all, of course) teams that play poorly also do poorly selling tickets? Back when I still watched the NFL I didn’t tune in any games with replacement players. Recently I laughed my ass off at all the hysteria regarding the NFL’s replacement refs. I certainly wouldn’t watch the NHL with replacement players. For even big fans of pro hockey there have to be some standards that just aren’t compromised.

      The more I read about how short-sighted and self-interested the owners are being, the more I find myself siding with the players. The league has grown remarkably in the last decade, yet the owners simultaneously whine about revenue while continuing to sign players to contracts that make no economic sense.

      Professional sports leagues are, by their very nature, socialistic in operation. One cannot maintain any semblance of parity without revenue sharing, yet owners continue conflating that business model with communism. Without parity, or at least an honest attempt at it, you reduce overall revenue simply because there is less competition. Less competition inevitably results in less box office success for many teams.

      Leagues that embrace revenue sharing, as well as salary caps and luxury taxes, succeed, i.e. NFL, MLB, NBA. Those that don’t do not, i.e. NHL. Is it any wonder the NHL lags behind?

  2. vindicatus - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    I would totally watch the scabs play. Hell, if they televised them, I would watch AHL, ECHL, KHL, college games, whatever. Any hockey is better than no hockey, and I’m sure it would put pressure on both sides to actually negotiate and work to end the lockout. The fact that they only meet to negotiate 2-3 times a week is unacceptable. The fact that this is the third lockout in <20 years is unacceptable. Bring on the scabs!

  3. biasedhomer - Oct 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Flyer fans would probably prefer if Bryz stayed in the KHL.

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