PHT’s Morning Skate: Will European leagues loosen import restrictions if NHLers are locked out?

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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.

From Terry Koshan: “The idea that players will pack their bags and head for Europe in the event of a lockout is not so cut and dried.

“The respective European leagues haven’t issued notice that they will loosen their import restrictions and, overall, they might not have an appetite to do so should NHL players come knocking.” (Toronto Sun)

Here’s video of Nail Yakupov meeting with the Edmonton media on Thursday, talking about house hunting. (Edmonton Journal)

The younger brother of Florida Panthers blueliner Erik Gudbranson, Alex, talks about being passed over at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. (Sault Star)

Zach Parise likes Jay-Z, Modern Family and his wife’s pizza potato hotdish. (Pioneer Press)

Ever wonder what ex-NHLPA boss Paul Kelly is up to? Well, he’s representing the family of the late Joe Paterno. (Globe and Mail)

Donald Fehr will be in Kelowna, British Columbia next week to meet with the various NHLers that summer there. That includes Shea Weber, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Josh Gorges and Carey Price. (Kelowna Capital News)

Now that he’s signed a six-year, $23 million extension, Philly’s Wayne Simmonds hopes there isn’t a lockout. You don’t say. (CSN Philly)