Morning Skate: Saturday, November 3


Morning Skate: Saturday, November 3

Interesting piece from Chris Botta about the backing that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is getting from the NHL owners. Its a good point, but its also something that can change very quickly if things go awfully wrong in negotiations.

The NHL labor negotiations and Art of War. There are more similarities than you might think.

Matt Cooke was injured during a players practice in the Pittsburgh area earlier this week. Lets all cry a river for the poor guy.

Young Carolina Hurricanes stars Jamie McBain and Jeff Skinner are leaving their southern home, and hoping to back soon when theres a new CBA in place.

Brad Marchand went trick-or-treating on Halloween dressed as super-hero Thor in the Boston area. This is not a joke.

Adam Proteau from the Hockey News says that the cancellation of the Winter Classic represents a new low for the NHL. Thats as much about it being an unnecessary cancellation as anything else.

For something completely different: Mark Hamill talks about Disney purchasing LucasFilm, and his potential involvement in new Star Wars movies.

For something completely different II: Bill Simmons gets his 90210 on while sitting down with Brian Austin Green for a podcast.

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It hasn’t been difficult to spot Claude Julien randomly at Fenway Park on a nice summer night in Boston over the past ten years. The Bruins coach doesn’t hide his affection for the Old Towne Team. 

So, Julien didn’t waste much time before sharing his thoughts on the final season for David Ortiz and the celebration of his Hall of Fame-worthy career that’s going on at the Fens this weekend.

It might have been a chore when the rest of the Team Canada coaching staff was watching the Toronto Blue Jackets during the World Cup of Hockey, but Julien never strayed too far away from his Red Stockings.

“He’s finishing in style, and you don’t see that very often,” said Claude Julien of Big Papi, who was sitting with numbers of .316 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI that border on the ridiculous at 40 years old. 

“A lot of times when people retire the game has caught up to them big time. Not him. He doesn’t seem to have missed a beat here. I’m pretty impressed with how he’s handled this year, and what he’s done. If I’m correct he just hit the home run last night for the game-winner.

“But as you know I was in Blue Jays land for about two weeks, so I had to keep a low profile. They were watching the Blue Jays and I’m Canadian too...but I was watching the Red Sox. So, it was healthy competition for our [World Cup] coaching staff.”

The most intriguing part about all is that the best is still yet to come for Ortiz in his farewell tour as he gets one more chance to clutch up in the postseason. It'll give Julien more to marvel at over the next few weeks while showing again why Big Papi will go down as the greatest clutch hitter in the history of Major League Baseball. 


Report: Ex-Raiders FB Marcel Reece works out for Patriots


Report: Ex-Raiders FB Marcel Reece works out for Patriots

Fullback Marcel Reece, cut by the Oakland Raiders earlier this week, was one of five players who worked out Friday for the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reported

Reece, a seven-year NFL veteran, all with the Raiders, was suspended last December for the final game of the 2015 season and the first three games of this season for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy. 

Reiss reported that guards Jake Bernstein and Chase Farris, center Robert Kugler and tight end Greg Scruggs also worked out for the Patriots on Friday.

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