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PHT Morning Skate: Where it’s so good to have the NHL back

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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 thought previous iterations of the Morning Skate were thin on stories… They were. Such is life during a lockout. Welcome to what life is normally like here every morning.

What’s causing a possible season starting date from being announced? Logistics. (USA Today)

Here’s your comprehensive breakdown of the new CBA and what the future might bring under it. (Globe And Mail)

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is ready and rearing to go. (Red Wings Front)

Alex Ovechkin will be back in Washington early this week. So much for staying in Russia, eh? (Washington Post)

Blue Jackets players are excited to get to training camp. (Columbus Dispatch)

Bob Hartley is excited to finally coach the Calgary Flames. He does know what team he’s got, right? (Globe And Mail)

Martin Brodeur is happy to have this latest work stoppage over with. (Fire & Ice)

Consider Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart excited to leave the ECHL to get back to NHL action. (Winnipeg Sun)

Boston’s Jordan Caron is hurt. Hello training camp competition! (CSNNE.com)

Ottawa is already trying to win the fans back. (Senators Extra)

Scot Beckenbaugh is the hero of the lockout and he’s just a federal mediator. (Globe And Mail)

Jamal Mayers is excited for the end of the lockout. (CSNChicago.com)

Welcome back to all the Roberto Luongo to Toronto rumors. (Toronto Sun)

Chris Neil gets why fans are grumpy. (Sportsnet)

Good news today? Players and owners to meet face-to-face with mediator

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NHL labor talks with federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh involved have picked up enough that the two sides are meeting face-to-face this afternoon.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports from sources saying that today could turn out to be a “very good day” in regards to talks. He also says anticipation at the NHLPA’s hotel is picking up and the two sides are down to “minimal issues.”

Take this positive talk with the typical grain of salt we’ve gotten used to using through all this. That said, with the NHLPA potentially (likely?) filing for disclaimer after 6 p.m. ET tonight, perhaps the pressure is on the NHL and players’ union to get something squared away sooner than not.