PHT Morning Skate: Where Nashville will pay Predators even if there’s no season

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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.

Count the Columbus Blue Jackets staffers among those who will be forced to endure pay cuts as a result of the lockout. (Columbus Dispatch)

For that matter, some of those who work at the Flames’ headquarters have also seen their salaries slashed. However, Flames president Ken King gave himself the biggest pay cut and those making the least with the Flames “won’t be hit at all.” (Calgary Herald)

Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien and his staff are “ready to go” with a new structure for the team that he thinks the players will like. In the meantime, he’s “frustrated and disappointed” by the lockout. (Montreal Gazette)

Speaking of the Canadiens, team owner Geoff Molson is still “optimistic” that the 2012-13 season won’t be canceled. (Ottawa Sun)

The city of Nashville stands to lose revenue during lockout, but still has to pay the Predators. The Tennessean)

Kimmo Timonen, who will turn 38 in March, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of an extended lockout ending his NHL career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)