PHT Morning Skate: Pondering playoff format changes

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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.

USA Today’s Kevin Allen has a bold idea: if the NHL plays a shortened season, should there be more playoff teams? Specifically, should they let 16-24 squads make it? (USA Today)

Sure, he drops a double negative in his actual quote, but it’s still heartening to hear that Kevin Lowe thinks that they’re will be a season. (Dan Tencer and Inside Sports)

Rob Zamuner wonders what’s next for concussion prevention and treatments. (The Sporting News)

Another edition of fans venting about the lockout. (Puck Daddy)

It sounds like Sidney Crosby is done with being involved in lockout meetings. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The tickets to an ECHL game that’s happening at the Shark Tank sold out very quickly. (Fear the Fin)

A heart-breaking story about a fan’s father experiencing his final (barely hockey-related) moments. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Ralph Krueger discusses his unusual route to becoming an NHL head coach. (NHL.com)