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PHT Morning Skate: Where Grabner blogs about the lockout

Michael Grabner

New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner (40), of Austria, celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


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.

Michael Grabner puts together an impassioned blog entry about the lockout, stating that it’s all about protecting players’ rights. Yeah, it’s a little disappointing that he didn’t use Live Journal or Xanga. (Grabner’s blog)

Peter Bondra might not side with Grabner’s logic. One thing that doesn’t get mentioned, too: how it impacts your stats. (

Canceling the Winter Classic might just mean “doom” for the season as a whole. (The National Post via Kukla’s Korner.)

Want more tangible numbers on how many people are affected by the lockout? The Charlotte News & Observer estimates that 1,300 workers were impacted by a lost Carolina Hurricanes game, for one example. (News & Observer)

Jonathan Quick is getting reps with his team - the Los Angeles Kings, not some overseas franchise - because of an injury loophole. (Mayors Manor)

Apparently Friday was a long night for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. (The Sporting News’ Jesse Spector)

Hey, at least you can use players who are on overseas teams online in NHL 13 now. (Polygon)

The Charlotte Checkers know what you need to cheer up: Vanilla Ice. (Puck Daddy)