PHT Morning Skate: Did Toronto dodge a bullet?


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.

Pension Plan Puppets wonders if the owner’s proposed plan to punish back-loaded contracts means that the Toronto Maple Leafs dodged a bullet by not trading for Roberto Luongo. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Jeremy Roenick thinks the players should take that 50-50 split and run with it. (Roenick’s Twitter page)

More player reactions to the new offer:

Karl Alzner seems quite thrilled about the whole thing. (The Washington Times)

Cory Schneider is “encouraged” to see some progress. (Vancouver Sun)

Finally, Cam Fowler calls it “exciting” while Sheldon Souray provides a more measured approach. (OC Register)

Canucks Corner’s Tom Benjamin thinks the players will either take something resembling the owner’s deal or go to the wall with it. Why waste a month to get 51 instead of 50 percent? (Canucks Corner)

The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater shares how he expects the negotiations to go down after that latest offer. (Dater’s sulia)

Sportsnet’s Michael Grange wonders if Donald Fehr really “won” by winning the staring contest. (