Morning Skate: Tuesday, January 8


Morning Skate: Tuesday, January 8

 Not all NHL teams are happy with the new CBA, according to Kevin Paul DuPont of the Boston Globe, and that would seem to be natural.


 Cam Neely outlines to the Boston Herald why the Bruins would appear to be poised for a good run in a 48-game shortened season.


 New Minnesota Wild free agent signees Zach Parise and Ryan Suter apologize to the fans about the lengthy NHL lockout.


 The Canucks would welcome goaltender Roberto Luongo back to training camp if hes not traded in the next few days.


 Mario Lemieux led a group of NHL owners that apologized to the fans for the lengthy NHL lockout, and showed the kind of spirit pulling from the league end to get a deal done.


 Alex Ovechkin shows up at Washington Capitals camp and provides a glimpse into what the Russian superstars were thinking during the lockout. It went a little something like this: were about to forget about the NHL.  


 For our female demographic: Cosmo magazine provides a slide show of the NHLs hottest hockey players. Moving on now.

 For something completely different: NBA player David Lee says he needed to come up with a speech solely for his rookies on how to deal with Kevin Garnetts trash-talking ways.

Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda


Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has now missed five kicks on the year, including field goals against the Miami, Buffalo and Cleveland. 

In an emergency podcast, Tom E. Curran speaks with Chuck Zodda of Inside The Pylon about Stephen Gostkowski’s kicking woes.

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Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions.