PHT Morning Skate: Where we are in awe of Mike Brown’s beard

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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.

The Toronto Maple Leafs shared that shot Mike Brown’s ridiculous beard. Let’s hope he isn’t growing a “lockout beard” or things could get out of hand. (Maple Leafs’ Instagram)

Speaking of the Leafs, Nazem Kadri is “optimistic” about the future. (Toronto Star)

Darren Dreger scares us by saying that the “fear mongers” who think an entire season will be canceled are on “solid ground.” (TSN via Kukla’s Korner)

More from Chris Johnson on Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr not getting paid during the lockout. (The Canadian Press)

Vladimir Tarasenko discusses joining the St. Louis Blues. (

Check out the latest evolution of trading cards with weird game-worn stuff on them. (Puck Daddy)

Brian Boyle, Stu Bickel and Chris Kreider look ahead to the New York Rangers’ next season. (Ranger Rants)

Early signs indicate that the Rangers’ rivals in New Jersey should be close to 100 percent. Especially if a lockout delays the start of the campaign. (Fire & Ice)

Ilya Bryzgalov’s goalie mask is tiger-tastic. (In Goal Magazine)