Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 12


Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 12

Bob McKenzie is always the voice of reason, and he comes through as such in the NHL lockout mess. The deal is there to be made and the leagueplayers need to cut the crap and make it happen.

BU alum John Curry making himself noticed in the ECHL after getting fined for dousing a bunch of trash-talking gladiators with waterreally.

While the lockout rages on Flyers owner Ed Snider is still spreading his love of hockey in Philadelphia.

Amusing post from Steve Dangle, who finds a host of items around his house that are all better than the NHL lockout.

Blake Geoffrion has been moved out of intensive care in a piece of good news involving a scary story with the Montreal Canadiens.

Player contract issues are the final hurdle in CBA negotiations between the players and the league, according to the New York Times.

Interesting piece about the NHL players that are locks for the Hall of Fame on Tim Thomas is considered a lock candidate. Interesting, but Im not so sure about that despite his legendary 2010-11 season.

Nail Yakupov returning to Sarnia is among the many storylines for the Subway Super Series.

For something completely different: A TV reporter gets sucker-punched while doing a live hit in what appears to be Italy. This is Ron Burgundys worst nightmare.

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?


Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while having watched the Curious George Halloween special about eight times over the last three or four days thanks to my three-year-old son.

*Bob McKenzie with a great story in former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore talking a shift as an Uber driver as his hockey work has dried up.

*Alex Radulov is earning some early respect for his play from his Habs teammates and the fickle Canadiens fans, but let’s see how the whole season plays out for the notoriously combustible Russian winger.

*Zach Werenski has taken an early lead among his NHL rookie peers for the Calder Trophy, but it looks like it’s going to be a crowded field this year. Just a couple of weeks in, Brandon Carlo certainly looks like he could be in the conversation as well.

*Pioneering female goaltender Shannon Szabados has been cut from the Peoria team in the Southern Pro League.

*The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of advice for the Chicago Cubs about playing in the big games as the Cubbies get ready for their World Series close-up.

*A more mature David Perron is having greater success the second time around with the St. Louis Blues while contributing in many different areas.

*For something completely different: a really fun story of a Hollywood Reporter contributor recording the reactions of her 7-year-old son watching Empire Strikes Back for the first time. I was around the same age when Empire came out, so I’m sure my reactions were pretty similar to his at different points in the movie.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.