Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 12

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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 ESPN.com: 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.

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

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Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

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Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."