Morning Skate: Monday, Jan. 7

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Morning Skate: Monday, Jan. 7

Damien Cox says it wont be easy to take pride in being an NHL fan for the near future. While I think some of that uneasiness will exist, its dissipating quickly as the NHL season takes shape.

A great story about Bruins prospect Anthony Camara, who played for Team Canada in the World Junior tourney and surprisingly lists his sister as the reason for his glove-dropping toughness. Its actually a very moving story.

The end of the NHL lockout makes for a happy birthday for Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider.

Great piece by Katie Baker telling us to say goodbye to the 10 horrible people that we met during the NHL lockout. I will gladly do this.

Full credit to Mike behind the Mic for ending the NHL lockout with his Play Hockey, Maybe song parody played on Toucher and Rich.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are projected to be the best teams coming out of the NHL lockout this season, according to Hockey Prospectus.

For something completely different: Norm MacDonald with a gambling column on Grantland.com. Okay, Ill bite.

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.