Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 26


Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 26

Good piece from Damien Cox about the NHL old-timers that are caught in the middle of the lockout crossfire, and could be one of the nameless, voiceless victims of two sides in a power struggle.

Some quick and easy answers on potential NHLPA decertification something that isnt really quick or easy, but could yield some results nonetheless.

LA Kings forward Justin Williams wonders if the long lockout layoff could have benefits for the Kings and their potential Stanley Cup hangover. Id say the answer is a resounding yes, but losing the full season to a labor dispute would actually be the ultimate Stanley Cup hangover.

Since the NHL isnt playing, here are some CHL power rankings for all those diehards out there craving them. Its reached that depth now, hasnt it?

Henrik Lundqvist talks to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, and vents his frustration that a Stanley Cup dream for the New York Rangers is going down the drain with the NHL lockout. compatriot Tim Panaccio has the details from the Hurricane Sandy benefit game in Atlantic City that was a resounding success.

Good piece from Larry Brooks this weekend detailing that a new NHL owner must stand up in the next few weeks if theres going to be an NHL season. Theres little doubt at this point that is exactly what needs to happen in the board room.

Some interesting thoughts from Steve Simmons on Toronto GM Brian Burkes involvement in the NHL CBA discussions, and whether it puts him in a delicate position between the leagues stance and the stance of the Toronto Maple Leafs ownership group.

For something completely different: Fireman Ed hangs up his firemans hat and steps down from his role as team mascot. It doesnt seem like Jets enemies or Jets fans are going to miss him, so happy trails, Ed.


Report: Evan Turner agrees to 4-year, $70M deal with Trail Blazers


Report: Evan Turner agrees to 4-year, $70M deal with Trail Blazers

Evan Turner is leaving the Celtics after agreeing to a four-year, $75 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo’s The Vertical reported.

There were plenty of teams seeking Turner’s services once NBA free agency began on Friday.


Red Sox activate Brock Holt off DL, will start in LF


Red Sox activate Brock Holt off DL, will start in LF

After being out with a concussion since May 20, Brock Holt has been activated by the Red Sox and will start in left field in the opener of the three-game series with the Angels. 

Infielder Mike Miller was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Holt on the roster.

Holt was hitting .239 with three homers and 19 RBI before he was injured. He hit .320 (8-for-25) in an eight-game rehab stint for the PawSox.