PHT Morning Skate: A matter of principle

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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.

If you can get past the somewhat unflattering photo at the top, you’ll notice that James van Riemsdyk has interesting things to say about adjusting life as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the lockout. (NHLPA Web site)

Ken Wiebe details Winnipeg Jets hot prospect Mark Scheifele’s strong start in the OHL. (Winnipeg Sun)

Imagining a “rebel league” in the vein of an WHA amid this elongated lockout. (The Sporting News)

The lockout is a huge drag – especially for a guy who clawed his way to the level of NHL head coach and produced great early results – but at least Paul MacLean got to see his son Al play for the Dundee Stars. (Dundee Stars)

Some view the possible cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic as a harbinger of doom for the 2013 lockout. Cory Schneider just views it as another “card” in the CBA poker game. (Vancouver Province)

Nick Kypreos wonders if there’s a “silent majority” of owners who aren’t particularly fond of the possibility of losing a full season of revenues. (Sportsnet)

David Clarkson is having a good time in Austria, although he’d probably still prefer to play in the NHL. (Fire & Ice)

An impressive feat for charity made much more impressive by the fact that an eight-year-old did it. (Chicago Tribune)