Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 5


Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 5

A nice feature by Mark Divver on Providence Bruins center Christian Hanson and his famous Slap Shot dad.

Thomas Vanek is on his way back to Buffalo after spending a month in Austria. Ive noticed quite a few players have come back from Europe recently. Hmmm.

Dale Hunter talks about coaching Alex Ovechkin, and the challenges that lay within.

Dan Bylsma has some answers for his Pittsburgh Penguins team. He just doesnt have any players to coach at this point, according to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rob Rossi.

Mike Halford asks a very interesting question: Was canceling the Winter Classic exactly what the CBA negotiations needed?
A nice Charlie Pierce piece about the NHL lockout and the Manchester Monarchs on

Jesse Spector wonders if the NHL will do away with the salary cap floor in the new CBA to help some of the lesser hockey teams on the financial spectrum.

David Ortiz calls Bobby Valentine crazy during an interview with ESPN Deportes on the day his two-year deal with the Sox became official.

Report: Patriots RB Lewis expected to return to practice this week


Report: Patriots RB Lewis expected to return to practice this week

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will have a familiar face back on the practice field, it appears. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, running back Dion Lewis is expected to begin practicing this week. Lewis has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of the regular season. 

More to come . . .