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PHT Morning Skate: Niklas Backstrom adds more doom and gloom

Oct 29, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Niklas Backstrom 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.

Niklas Backstrom thinks the lockout is going to be a “long one.” He even wonders if we might be in a similar spot a year from now. Yikes. (Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo)

A detailed look at Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman’s history of negotiations. Will those legacies make them more or less likely to budge? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Joe Haggerty wonders if the two execs should step away. (

More from Jaromir Jagr on the lockout: he can see it from both perspectives. (

Five questions for Claude Julien. (

The frustration is building for Gabriel Landeskog in Sweden. (The Denver Post)

Looking back on an amusing moment for New York Newsday and Mark Messier. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

  1. antkowiak666 - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    do the players and owners realise that they are causing SEVERE damage,not only to the NHL,but to all of hockey in North America?!?!

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      I’m pretty sure the only “severe damage” to which either side is paying attention has to do with their wallets.

  2. joeyashwi - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I can’t believe that a sport that is fighting for relevance in this country can be so egotistical as to think they can compare this lockout to what happened in other sports and assume the fans will still be there. Fact is the players took a 24% cut in the last CBA to appease the owners. What could have been a great season of riding the momentum of last year, the league fires back with an insane 43-57 split, knowing that what they really want is 50-50. Had they just come out with 50-50 and honor the current contracts, we would have hockey right now and with a bigger fan base thanks to increasing popularity of the sport. Now, no matter what deal is eventually agreed upon, the NHL will be starting all over trying to become relevant again. Huge mistake!!! Notice how fewer and fewer people are even commenting on these stories now? The ones who comment are more of the hardcore fans and even they are tired of it all, imagine how the casual fans are reacting. That’s right, they aren’t reacting at all because the league has already lost them. Pathetic!!!

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      “…(A)ssume the fans will still be there.” The fans flocked back after the last lockout and cranked league income to well over $3 billion, so you can’t blame the principals in this latest greed fest for assuming they can go back to that well. If the hardcore fans could control themselves and not attend games for awhile that might send a message the league could understand.

      I’m encouraged by hearing some of the season tickets holders on here claim they’ve cancelled or not renewed their seats, but it’s likely not many overall. Whenever the league and players finally agree on a new CBA, one way to judge what will happen when it, too, eventually expires is to observe how quickly fans return after this one. If arenas are full a week after play resumes, you can expect a reprisal of this horror show at the end of the new CBA.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Joeyashwi- I agree 100%. It is the owners that are holding this league hostage. They got huge concessions before so they expect huge concessions again. If the job of a commissioner is to promote fan enthusiasm and as an extension, growth of the sport then Bettman is an utter failure. He took the record revenues and record attendance, looked at it, and gave a big F U to the fans. He’s on a power trip to flip the script on the players, and he will do everything in his power to force their hand- that’s why he locked out the league in the first place, started with such an insulting offer, and put a ticking clock on their last offer that compared with the first was a huge concession on the owners part. But in reality it was still an oppressive order of an offer. I don’t understand what’s so unreasonable about fulfilling legally binding contracts that the owners signed off on. If it was the owners who were having their contracts messed with I can guarantee there would be legal action to recoup every single penny owed to them. I don’t like Fehr, and I think he may be stretching this process out because he doesn’t have a true horse in this race, but it’s all on the owners to concede that they won’t get every one of their ridiculous demands. I can’t believe Bettman would allow the cancellation of the winter classic but it looks like it’s getting to that point. And that’s beyond disheartening.

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