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PHT Morning Skate: A matter of principle

Oct 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

James van Riemsdyk 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.

If you can get past the somewhat unflattering photo at the top, you’ll notice that James van Riemsdyk has interesting things to say about adjusting life as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the lockout. (NHLPA Web site)

Ken Wiebe details Winnipeg Jets hot prospect Mark Scheifele’s strong start in the OHL. (Winnipeg Sun)

Imagining a “rebel league” in the vein of an WHA amid this elongated lockout. (The Sporting News)

The lockout is a huge drag – especially for a guy who clawed his way to the level of NHL head coach and produced great early results – but at least Paul MacLean got to see his son Al play for the Dundee Stars. (Dundee Stars)

Some view the possible cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic as a harbinger of doom for the 2013 lockout. Cory Schneider just views it as another “card” in the CBA poker game. (Vancouver Province)

Nick Kypreos wonders if there’s a “silent majority” of owners who aren’t particularly fond of the possibility of losing a full season of revenues. (Sportsnet)

David Clarkson is having a good time in Austria, although he’d probably still prefer to play in the NHL. (Fire & Ice)

An impressive feat for charity made much more impressive by the fact that an eight-year-old did it. (Chicago Tribune)

  1. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Principle huh?…….Soooooo this talk about always being willing to sit down and negotiate is all bull!

    You players are immature children being directed by some union wannabe who thinks he can play on the feelings of the everyday Joe making 45,000 dollars a year with two kids and a dog.

    The union should be ashamed to even call themselves one. They aren’t fighting for an honest days wage. This isn’t about safe work conditions and healthcare. All of the players are more than welcome to go fight for a job in the world just like the rest of us.

    Stop drinking the koolaid Van Riemsdyk! You get paid millions of dollars because WE shell out the money to watch it. You’re a pawn, entertainment for the masses. PLAY THE GAMES, pick up your paycheck and thank your lucky stars you aren’t going on job interviews 5 days a week BECAUSE UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 9%.

  2. rainyday56 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Rebel league: I’ve posted comments on this subject before. This article is right on except it barks up the wrong tree when it proposes the possibility of 22 teams breaking away. Try 8 teams, the ones that rake in half a billion $ every five years. They’re the group most likely to tell the other 22 losers to take a hike.

    Look at it from the elite players’ perspective. A wealthy 8 team league would involve less travel and Weber style contracts would be the norm, not the exception.

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