PHT Morning Skate: Where the Rangers almost nabbed Stamkos


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.

Rangers GM Glen Sather said that he came so close to a deal for Steven Stamkos that he had a “handshake agreement” with Len Barrie. Blueshirt Banter plays “What if?” with that mind-blowing hypothetical. (Blueshirt Banter)

The NHLPA presents their side of the story. (NHLPA)

Ron MacLean says there won’t be a lockout. (CBC via Kukla’s Korner)

Stephen Whyno and Paul Bissonnette on the “fun fact” that just four owners have been involved in the CBA negotiations. (Whyno and Bissonnette on Twitter)

Mathieu Garon says he’s recovered from his ankle injury. (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Contract talks between Tyler Ennis and the Buffalo Sabres trot along, but John Vogl reports that the lockout isn’t adding extra pressure to the proceedings. (John Vogl)

The Carolina Hurricanes are well aware of the threat of a lockout. (The News & Observer)