Morning Skate: Thursday, October 25


Morning Skate: Thursday, October 25

President Obama tells the NHL to get something done and end the lockout while hes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Obama approval ratings skyrocketing in hockey fan demographic.

The New York Rangers see no reason to worry about the Islanders moving into Brooklyn, and nor should they. comrade Tim Panaccio has the rundown of the last 24 hours in lockout news with the witching day for an 82-game regular season upon us.

Niklas Kronwall thinks there is a deal to be made to save the NHL season, and there are many of that opinion. Unfortunately neither of them are named Bettman or Fehr at this point.

Is Patrick Kane really bringing his mother with him to Switzerland? Thats pretty amazing and maybe a good sign for the KaneSeguin tandem.

Its been an emotional ride for Boston native Chris Nilan as he watches the Last Gladiators movie make the rounds in Canada.

The reality of a shortened season is sinking in with the Winnipeg Jets as Thursday appears to be passing by without so much as a negotiation between the two sides.

For something completely different: its good to see Bruins media colleague Fluto Shinzawa getting in touch with his culinary side during the NHL lockout. This is a great read.

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team


Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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