PHT Morning Skate: Where Saku Koivu fears the lockout

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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.

Few really benefit from a lockout, but what about players in the twilight of their careers? Saku Koivu told Dave Stubbs “I hope we don’t miss a day.” (Dave Stubbs)

Mark Spector discusses how the Nashville Predators “avoided the realm of irrelevancy” by matching the Shea Weber offer sheet. (

John Kreiser takes a look at NHL records that are unlikely to be broken – and not all of them have the name “Wayne Gretzky” next to them. (

Mike Heika is breaking down the top 10 players in Dallas Stars history, starting off with Loui Eriksson. Who knows how far he’ll finish up the team’s all-time list once his career is over? (Dallas Morning News)

Joe Pelletier is taking a look at the connections between hockey and baseball, including this interesting bit about how Gordie Howe’s hardball skills. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Ken Wiebe reports that both the Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane’s representatives would prefer to get a long-term contract settled. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Detroit Red Wings’ perspective regarding that whole “possibly having to deal with Weber for more than a decade longer” mess. (Detroit Free Press)

The St. Louis Blues’ financial structure includes plenty of “bridge” contracts, which allows the team to ascertain how much players are really worth. (

GM Peter Chiarelli hints that the Boston Bruins are done shopping for free agents this summer. (