PHT Morning Skate: Where rules get “tortured”

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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.

Nicholas Cotsonika reports that professional hockey players will be among the athletes who will take part in an ambitious bit of concussion-related research. (Yahoo via The Hockey News)

Ray Ratto on how Ryane Clowe “tortured” the rules with his goofy little interference last night. (CSNBayArea.com)

NHL official Don Henderson believes that Pee Wee-level hockey should include checking. (CTV.ca)

Maybe the Mark Messier talk is a little hasty, but let’s face it: Brooks Laich did back up his guarantee with a game-winning goal. (CSNWashington.com)

Adrian Dater is already glum about “we battled hard excuses” that he’ll likely receive from Colorado Avalanche players and front office people after the team was bounced from the playoffs on Thursday night. (All Things Avs)

While the Avalanche give off a beaten-down vibe, Mike Heika reports that the prevailing emotion for the Dallas Stars was anger. (Dallas Morning News)

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres try to pick up the pieces from a disappointing season, a letdown of a night and a lot of wasted money. Wit that in mind, John Vogl asks Sabres fans: what should the team do next? (Sabres Edge)

NHL.com takes a look at how Dale Tallon’s moves helped the Florida Panthers end their NHL-record 12-year drought. (NHL.com)

Joe Haggerty provides some rave reviews Anton Khudobin’s first game with the Boston Bruins. (CSNNE.com)