PHT Morning Skate: The elephant in the room

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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.

Is player safety the “elephant in the room” during the CBA discussions? (The Globe & Mail)

Hey, the HP Pavilion will host professional hockey on Dec. 17 … unfortunately, it isn’t a San Jose Sharks game. (Fear the Fin)

A (fake) scouting report on the owners who were involved in Tuesday’s meetings. (Down Goes Brown)

Adrian Dater thinks the lockout might just be close to an end. (The Denver Post)

George Johnson wonders why it’s taken so long for real progress to be made, though. (Calgary Herald)

SBN ran “open letters” from team blogs to their owners. Stanley Cup of Chowder’s bit for Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is amusing … and not safe for work. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Justin Schultz gets an A+ from the Edmonton Journal. (Edmonton Journal)

Looking back at the 1985-86 season. (NHL.com)