PHT Morning Skate: If only we all were “Bettman-smart”

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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.

Yankee Canuck riffs mercilessly on Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis’ press release regarding game cancellations. (Nucks Misconduct)

Apparently Brian Burke once used Gary Bettman as a measuring stick for intelligence. Is the new guy “Bettman smart”? (The Globe & Mail via Kukla’s Korner)

Reaching back a couple weeks, Benjamin Massey believes that Edmonton should teach Daryl Katz a lesson by simply saying “no” to him. (Copper & Blue)

How locked-out success in the AHL can forecast success once the big boys start playing again. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Quisp conveniently compiles Allan Walsh’s Sunday comments regarding the possible clashes between owners and Bettman, particularly regarding New York Rangers owner James Dolan. (McSorley’s Stick)

Phil Esposito looks back at the “grueling” process of selling the idea of the Tampa Bay Lightning. (

Jeff Z. Klein reports that hiring replacement players wouldn’t just be a cutthroat tactics. In two provinces, it might just be illegal. (Slap Shot)