Morning skate: Monday, Dec. 24

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Morning skate: Monday, Dec. 24

The Nashville Predators sit and wait during the NHL lockout, and ponder deep questions about their franchise.

Spector says that the NHL lockout is affecting bloggers and freelancers in a bad way just like everybody else.

A Puck Daddy original holiday story about Gary Bettman and the meaning of Christmas.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail explains why a short 48-game season wouldnt be a sham of a year. It actually could be pretty awesome.

My CSNWashington.com compatriot Chuck Gormley spoke with Jason Chimera, who thinks the NHL commissioner is ruining the game.

Good piece by Kirk Luedeke on local skaters Matt Grzelcyk and Jim Vesey as they get ready for their experience playing for Team USA at the World Junior Championships.

For something completely different: The story of a Tom Cruise Christmas Carol thanks to the folks at Grantland.