Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 19

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Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 19

An interesting look at the facts and myths behind hockey teams losing money and how the number that appears in Forbes magazine isnt always what it seems to be.

The Backhanded Shelf loves Don Cherrys twitter account and theyre not the only ones. Who knew that Cherry had such deep thoughts just waiting to burst out onto the social media scene?

While the Pittsburgh Penguins are hurting without their paychecks, theyre not exactly ready to stand in the government cheese line? Do they still even have government cheese?

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski with some good notes to go along with Gary Bettmans All is Well question and answer interview with the Winnipeg Press.

Rogers Sportsnet columnist John Shannon sees little hope for Monday afternoons CBA meeting between the NHL and NHLPA. Lets hope hes completely wrong.

Larry Brooks with his usual update from the NHLPA side of things including the content of conference calls over the weekend, and the decision that the union isnt ready to decertify.

A good piece from Andy Merritt about how family and his upbringing have influenced Dick Umile along his historic coaching path at UNH.

For something completely different: If somebody is going to write upwards of 1,000 words on the Universal Soldier film franchise then I really have to link to it, dont I?

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.