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PHT Morning Skate: Where it’s so good to have the NHL back


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 thought previous iterations of the Morning Skate were thin on stories… They were. Such is life during a lockout. Welcome to what life is normally like here every morning.

What’s causing a possible season starting date from being announced? Logistics. (USA Today)

Here’s your comprehensive breakdown of the new CBA and what the future might bring under it. (Globe And Mail)

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is ready and rearing to go. (Red Wings Front)

Alex Ovechkin will be back in Washington early this week. So much for staying in Russia, eh? (Washington Post)

Blue Jackets players are excited to get to training camp. (Columbus Dispatch)

Bob Hartley is excited to finally coach the Calgary Flames. He does know what team he’s got, right? (Globe And Mail)

Martin Brodeur is happy to have this latest work stoppage over with. (Fire & Ice)

Consider Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart excited to leave the ECHL to get back to NHL action. (Winnipeg Sun)

Boston’s Jordan Caron is hurt. Hello training camp competition! (CSNNE.com)

Ottawa is already trying to win the fans back. (Senators Extra)

Scot Beckenbaugh is the hero of the lockout and he’s just a federal mediator. (Globe And Mail)

Jamal Mayers is excited for the end of the lockout. (CSNChicago.com)

Welcome back to all the Roberto Luongo to Toronto rumors. (Toronto Sun)

Chris Neil gets why fans are grumpy. (Sportsnet)

Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.




Friday’s loss serves as ‘harsh lesson’ for Blue Jackets

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Late in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, things were looking good for Columbus.

Brandon Saad, who the team acquired from Chicago this off-season, scored his first goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead with under four minutes remaining in the contest.

Unfortunately for the Jackets, that’s as good as it would get.

The Rangers responded with three unanswered goals from Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to spoil Columbus’ home opener.

“When something like that happens at the end, I think we’re gonna be a better team because of it,” defenseman Ryan Murray told reporters after the game. “It’s a harsh lesson, but it’s a good one.

Luckily for Columbus, they won’t have to wait very long to try and get their revenge.

The Blue Jackets and Rangers will finish off their home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, which might not be such a bad thing for Columbus.

“It’s good that we get another chance tomorrow,” Saad said after Friday’s game. “We were high on emotions (after the go-ahead goal) and they scored and it took the wind out of our sails, but we have to keep playing. We have to learn to keep doing our thing, regardless of the score.”