Morning Skate: Thursday, November 1

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Morning Skate: Thursday, November 1

Alan Muir talks about the Tuukka Rask groin situation, and how that underscores the touchy situation with potential injuries while NHL players are skating over in Europe.
 

Who doesnt need a guide to effective heckling at a hockey game?

Cory Schneider tells the Vancouver Province that the lockout poker game now includes a cancellation of the Winter Classic as the biggest card in the deck.
 

The Nick Cotsonika trip through Europe continues with a piece on Sergei Federovs hockey transformation from the modest days to his current status as a Russian sports legend.
 

On the other hand the Red Wings are concerned that the Winter Classics cancellation could be the last step toward an entire season getting cancelled.
 

Steve Stamkos trying to stay in shape while the NHL lockout rolls on, and hes in the same boat with many other players around North America.
 

Joffrey Lupul is already lamenting the loss of the Winter Classic before its even been cancelled, so hes really going to be bumming when it actually gets whacked. The question is whether that happens at the end of this week.
 

For something completely different: Friday Night Lights actress Connie Britton rips Mitt Romney for his continued usage of Clear Eyes, Full Hearts Cant Lose despite the vehement protestations of its creator, Peter Berg.

Patriots training camp: Who will be this year's Zach Sudfeld?

Patriots training camp: Who will be this year's Zach Sudfeld?

Mike Giardi and Phil Perry continue their Countdown to Camp as they discuss several story lines that we will hear a lot of.

Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

The Jets don't have to play the Patriots during the first four weeks of the season, but they'll be watching as their division rivals go to work with Jimmy Garoppolo behind center. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is expecting more of the same from New England despite Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

"Garoppolo can play," Bowles told the New York Daily News. "They don't worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It's theirs until somebody takes it from them."

The Patriots haven't had a quarterback other than Brady take snaps of consequence since Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Garoppolo is still a relative unknown given his 31 total pass attempts over the last two years, but with coach Bill Belichick still on the sidelines, and Belichick's system still in place, Bowles is assuming the Patriots will be a very good team once again -- even without their best player for the first month of the season. 

"They got a good team," Bowles said. "It's not just us. It's everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They're a tough team. They're a tough out. They've had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There's a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They've found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to."