PHT Morning Skate: Even Nathan MacKinnon is fed up with 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.

Even potential 2013 first overall pick Nathan MacKinnon is tired of hearing about the lockout at this point. (MacKinnon Twitter’s page)

Martin St. Louis isn’t going overseas to play anytime soon, even after his self-imposed Thanksgiving deadline. (Tampa Bay Online)

Ben Kuzma wonders if the Vancouver Canucks might lack a piece or two in “their top-six mix” once the lockout ceases. (Vancouver Province)

Players such as Steven Stamkos hope they can win fans back whenever the work stoppage ends. (Puck Daddy)

Barry Rozner believes that the lockout is dragging on – and negotiations are stalling – because Gary Bettman made “promises” to owners that he can’t keep. (Chicago Daily Herald via Kukla’s Korner)

Lars Eller’s reflects on the lockout and biding his time in Finland. (Montreal Gazette)

The latest entry in the “columns that find silver linings in the lockout” category. (Mile High Hockey)’s AHL roundup shines a spotlight on Robin Lehner’s strong recent play. (

Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.

Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.