Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 31

Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 31
December 31, 2012, 5:25 pm
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It looks like Tyler Seguin made quite the impression withthe fans and media in Switzerlandafter finishing with 40 points in 29 games for HC Biel. That gets him a nice thankyou note on the teams Facebook page.

Marc Spector says that now, finally, the NHL and the NHLPAstart doing the dance of negotiations. Its something that should have starteda long, long time ago.

A good update of where things currently stand via RogersSportsNet insiders like Nick Kypreos, John Shannon, Ian Mendes and MichaelGrange.

Don Cherry believes that NHL commissioner Gary Bettmanblinked in order to save the NHL season, and lets hope that blinking becomescontinued and rapid until a deal is struck between the two sides.

Former Bruins defenseman Jason York learns lessons beyondhockey while getting involved in youth hockey in the Ottawa area.

Elliotte Friedman previews the crucial next step for theNHLPA, who will make a counter-offer on Monday that should be a very importantstep in the negotiating process.

Bruce Arthur says that the NHL must deal with Donald Fehrif they want to have a shortened 2013 season. This is true, and it would havebeen nice if the league came to this realization much, much sooner.

For something completely different: the first annual CSN punt,pass and kick competition with Michael Felger, Gary Tanguay, Tom E. Curran andmyself. Real comedy hi-jinks going on there.