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PHT Morning Skate: A matter of principle


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)

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.