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PHT Morning Skate: Niklas Backstrom adds more doom and gloom

Niklas Backstrom

Minnesota Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, of Finland, allows a goal by Vancouver Canucks’ Ryan Kesler during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday, April 7, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


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.

Niklas Backstrom thinks the lockout is going to be a “long one.” He even wonders if we might be in a similar spot a year from now. Yikes. (Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo)

A detailed look at Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman’s history of negotiations. Will those legacies make them more or less likely to budge? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Joe Haggerty wonders if the two execs should step away. (

More from Jaromir Jagr on the lockout: he can see it from both perspectives. (

Five questions for Claude Julien. (

The frustration is building for Gabriel Landeskog in Sweden. (The Denver Post)

Looking back on an amusing moment for New York Newsday and Mark Messier. (Greatest Hockey Legends)