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PHT Morning Skate: If only we all were “Bettman-smart”

Oct 8, 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.

Yankee Canuck riffs mercilessly on Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis’ press release regarding game cancellations. (Nucks Misconduct)

Apparently Brian Burke once used Gary Bettman as a measuring stick for intelligence. Is the new guy “Bettman smart”? (The Globe & Mail via Kukla’s Korner)

Reaching back a couple weeks, Benjamin Massey believes that Edmonton should teach Daryl Katz a lesson by simply saying “no” to him. (Copper & Blue)

How locked-out success in the AHL can forecast success once the big boys start playing again. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Quisp conveniently compiles Allan Walsh’s Sunday comments regarding the possible clashes between owners and Bettman, particularly regarding New York Rangers owner James Dolan. (McSorley’s Stick)

Phil Esposito looks back at the “grueling” process of selling the idea of the Tampa Bay Lightning. (

Jeff Z. Klein reports that hiring replacement players wouldn’t just be a cutthroat tactics. In two provinces, it might just be illegal. (Slap Shot)

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Replacement players is such a horrible idea to begin with, first it’s different than the 1987 NFL stoppage and the 94-95 MLB stoppage because those were both player strikes so players were free to cross if they wanted to, this is a lockout, the NHL can not open the doors to just some union members, it’s all or nothing, so any thought of current players being mixed in goes out the window.

    Let’s look at the quality of players you’d end up with, journeyman ECHL and AHL players who don’t have either two way or one way NHL contracts currently (those players are NHLPA members when they’re in the NHL and thus I don’t believe the doors can be opened for them) you’ll also get the occasional European player who was never able to make it in the NHL, guys in the mould of Pavel Brendl.

    Does the NHL really want to attach their name to beer league players a bunch of never was players in the hopes of winning public support? How’d the whole replacement refs thing go for the nfl? Cause that idea was about 10 x better than this one.

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