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PHT Morning Skate: Doug Murray understands why you don’t understand the lockout



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.

Douglas Murray provides interesting lockout thoughts, but it’s fun to latch onto the way he phrased the statement “I understand that it’s tough to understand as a fan.” (Working the Corners)

Darren Dreger backs up earlier reports that discussions are underway for a Canada-Russia game (or series) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the pivotal 1972 Summit Series. (Dreger)

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi sends an “open letter” to fans in response to the lockout. (Stars Web site)

Aaron Ward jokes that there are so many players signing contract extensions, the next free agent signing period might as well be canceled. (Ward)

Kings Men Podcast presents a locked-out version of “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” (Kings Men on Facebook)

Nick Cotsonika blames both the players and the owners for the lockout. (Yahoo)

The Score compares Gary Bettman to The Grinch. (The Score)

Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn are among the talented Philadelphia Flyers who will get a chance to tear up the AHL. (Flyers)

Five for Howling points out that isn’t using photos of current players, giving it a “retro” look. (Five for Howling/

Speaking of, here’s how the league’s official Web site handled the lockout clock striking zero.