PHT Morning Skate: Doug Murray understands why you don’t understand the lockout


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.

Douglas Murray provides interesting lockout thoughts, but it’s fun to latch onto the way he phrased the statement “I understand that it’s tough to understand as a fan.” (Working the Corners)

Darren Dreger backs up earlier reports that discussions are underway for a Canada-Russia game (or series) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the pivotal 1972 Summit Series. (Dreger)

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi sends an “open letter” to fans in response to the lockout. (Stars Web site)

Aaron Ward jokes that there are so many players signing contract extensions, the next free agent signing period might as well be canceled. (Ward)

Kings Men Podcast presents a locked-out version of “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” (Kings Men on Facebook)

Nick Cotsonika blames both the players and the owners for the lockout. (Yahoo)

The Score compares Gary Bettman to The Grinch. (The Score)

Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn are among the talented Philadelphia Flyers who will get a chance to tear up the AHL. (Flyers)

Five for Howling points out that isn’t using photos of current players, giving it a “retro” look. (Five for Howling/

Speaking of, here’s how the league’s official Web site handled the lockout clock striking zero.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

Pavel Datsyuk,
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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”