Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 17

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Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 17

Curtis McElhinney has been an unquestioned success storyfor the Springfield Falcons in the AHL this season after languishing over thelast few seasons.

WinnipegSun columnist Gary Lawless misses hockey and the pain is clear in a columnabout the void the NHL has left behind.

Want to take a look at the judge presiding over the NHLslawsuit against the NHLPA for decertification? Warning: hes a Yankees fan.

A good story about the womens professional hockey leaguethat includes a Boston Blades team thats played throughout the NHL lockout.

Donald Fehr continues to push for whats best for theplayers while unrest grows around the NHLPA. Fans and league ownership mighthave issues with him, but its clearly not affecting him.

Real Sports is a great sports bar thats adjacent to AirCanada Centre in Toronto.Apparently its so great they can now turn away NHL players searching forreservations.

For something completely different: A one-on-one interviewwith Grace Potter. Saw here at the House of Blues a couple of weeks ago. Whatan amazing show.

Kraft, Pats still bitter: NFL 'really messed this up badly'

Kraft, Pats still bitter: NFL 'really messed this up badly'

It's been almost two years exactly since the Deflategate saga began during the AFC title game between the Colts and Patriots on Jan. 18, 2015.

Since then, Robert Kraft has expressed his displeasure at how the whole thing was handled by the league -- particularly as it relates to the treatment of quarterback Tom Brady -- on multiple occasions. And according to a story in the New York Times, that feeling hasn't subsided.

"Sometimes, the league really messes up, and I think they really messed this up badly," said Kraft . "But we’ve all agreed to subjugate our right to disrupt everything.

"I mean, we can, but we’re a partnership. There’s jealousy, there’s envy, there’s stupidity. Sometimes, life is unfair, and you have to suck it up and move on and not use it as an excuse."

Brady served his four-game suspension to start this season, and Kraft opted to accept the league's punishment for the team following the 2014 season: They were docked two draft picks (a first and a fourth) and fined $1 million.

The piece includes Kraft's thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump ("Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend," Kraft said), as well as comments from others on how Kraft has handled his situation ("I think Bob has exhibited disagreement, but he’s also very capable of making and influencing change," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said). 

You can read the full piece here.