Morning Skate: Thursday, December 6

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Morning Skate: Thursday, December 6

Andy Strickland from truehockey.com thinks the credit Sidney Crosby has received for rekindling CBA talks is a little overblown, and said there is still important work to be done by both sides.

Good piece by Craig Custance from ESPN.com detailing how the numbers and revenue projections were dictating this being the week when talks would get rekindled just as much as anything else.

Max Wahlberg wants to fight Tie Domi in a boxing match for charity, and then wants you to say hi to your mother for him.

Interesting take out of Vancouver that the context clues seem to be indicating that Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs had a change of heart thats helped things progress this week.

Conversely heres an account of a blow-up between Jacobs and Ryan Miller nearly derailing the process on Wednesday night in the wee hours of the morning. Its a good sign that the moderates have taken control of the process, so a deal needs to get done within that window.

Andrew Ference with the tweet of the day about Shawn Thornton narrating Twas the Night Before Christmas last night.

For something completely different: a top 10 list of the worst Christmas songs released over the last 10 years.

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.