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PHT Morning Skate: Where Weber is having a hard time staying optimistic

Dec 12, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Shea Weber

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.

The Ottawa Senators’ players, coaches, and management typically spend an afternoon with the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario around this time of year. Although the lockout has obviously complicated that annual tradition, Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is trying to organize something. (Ottawa Citizen)

Steve Thomas, who retired from the NHL after recording 933 points in 1,235 games, is enjoying his time as an assistant coach with the AHL Syracuse Crunch. (The Star-Ledger)

Shea Weber and Hal Gill are having a hard time staying optimistic about the ongoing CBA talks. (Sportsnet)

If the NHL season starts in early January, Rick Nash (groin), Marian Gaborik (shoulder), and Carl Hagelin (shoulder) should all be ready. (New York Daily News)

Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray will have his shoulder surgery delayed until mid-January to let the swelling go down. He isn’t expected to play again this season. (The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline)

The Sarnia Sting’s J.P. Anderson is the Canadian Hockey League’s goaltender of the week. (

  1. jessejames182 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    The players should have made a deal a long time ago, they’re losing more than money. Every other major sports athletes sign new sponsor deals while the general public doesn’t know that gretzky retired and Emilio estevez isn’t actually a coach. But they’d rather fight so that Crosby can keep his 30 year contract, while they slip into anonymity.

  2. mrwings787 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I’m sick of these lockout stories… Just get back to hockey already

  3. liamj55 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Don’t worry Shea. We will get this lockout over with and eliminate the insignificant Nashville Predators. Then you can wear the orange and black sweater your born to wear.

  4. danphipps01 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I’d have a hard time keeping my spirits up too if I knew my new contrac represented one of the biggest philosophical differences between players and owners that is presently killing hockey.

    So yeah, Shea, you *should* feel bad.

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