Morning Skate: Friday, December 7

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Morning Skate: Friday, December 7

Joe Posnanski riffs on the void left by the NHL lockout, and how anybody thats watched a hockey game live will become a convert to the sport.
 

NHLPA Executive Board member Ron Hainsey is perplexed by the failed NHL talks, and reveals that the ownership told players that bringing Donald Fehr back into the process was a deal-breaker. That says a lot right there about the NHLs motives and thinking, doesnt it?
 

Don Brennan thinks the NHL owners should just start colluding already and get a CBA signed they have no intention of paying attention to. I love Donnies thinking.
 

One of the Vancouver Green Men is on a Canadian talk show and discusses getting abused by Bruins fans at TD Garden during the Stanley Cup Finals. Apparently it was a little hostile after Aaron Rome took out Nathan Horton.
 

The details behind the rise and fall of the Pittsburgh Penguins group that almost brought the NHL lockout to an end, but didnt take it to the house.
 

Elliotte Friedman says there are a few options left for the players and they need to follow through with one of them.
 

For something completely different: A great oral history of Freaks and Geeks in Vanity Fair Magazine. One of my favorite TV shows that was gone way too soon.

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.