Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 13

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Rats in a wet paper bag. Michael Grange paints an interesting picture of the two parties at the center of the NHL CBA dispute.

Good feature on Providence Bruins bruiser Bobby Robins and his long trip back to the AHL and the Bruins organization.

The youngest Subban brother, Jordan, is the subject of this Buzzing the Net profile on up-and-coming CHL players eligible for the draft.

Nick Cotsonika from Yahoo! Sports laments that the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony was overshadowed by the NHL lockout proceedings.

The transcription of Toronto Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregors acceptance speech at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He also got in a nice dig at the lockout as the Elmer Ferguson honoree.

Interesting piece by Kevin Paul DuPont tracking down Mark Recchi, who says that the players need to start thinking about making a deal before things get worse in the CBA discussion. The counter-argument is that the NHLPA has continuously managed to get the NHL to negotiate against itself by continuing to hold their ground. I fully believe Steve Fehr when he says that the NHL has a date in mind to start the season, and were not quire there yet. Cant make a deal if one party isnt ready to start dancing quite yet, and the continued beating of the dead horse with the Paul Kelly situation is getting to be a little much. The reason Kelly was ousted from the NHLPA is because the players didnt feel he was going to get them the best deal possible, and Id have to say I agree with them in this case.

Pennsylvania high school rinks are being ordered to skip the National Anthem to save some money. How ridiculous is this immediately after Veterans Day? Some things are worth a lot more than a few bucks, and the Star-Spangled Banner is one of them.

For something completely different: a number of teams are lining up for Kevin Youkilis services, and the Red Sox dont appear to be one of them.

Will free agent Zeller be back with Celtics? ‘We’ll see what happens’

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Will free agent Zeller be back with Celtics? ‘We’ll see what happens’

WALTHAM, Mass. – Tyler Zeller has been in the NBA long enough for teams to have a feel for what he can do on the floor.
 
He runs the floor. He scores in transition. He’s not a banger, but isn’t afraid to mix it up inside.
 
All those qualities will be on display next season.
 
But will he be doing them for the Celtics?
 
As a restricted free agent, Zeller has no idea what lies ahead for him in the NBA.
 
While he plans to keep an open mind about the free agent process, Zeller made it clear in his exit interview on Friday that he would not have a problem returning to the Celtics next season.
 
“It’s a great organization, a great place to be,” Zeller said. “So we’ll see what happens.”
 
Zeller, who came to the Celtics via trade in the summer of 2014 from Cleveland, has had a roller coaster of a time in Boston.
 
He has been in every conceivable positon with the team, from starter to key rotation player to reserve to an end-of-the-bench player.
 
And through it all, Zeller was able to not allow his up-and-down status affect his ability to stay ready when his number was called.
 
Boston’s 104-92 Game 6 loss to Atlanta was one of the many examples of Zeller being prepared to play when his opportunity presented itself.
 
In Game 6, the 7-foot center came off the bench and scored eight points to go along with five rebounds in just less than 12 minutes of court time.
 
As far as whether the Celtics want him back, Zeller said, “I would hope so. You always hope a team wants you back. I would think they would. But at the same time, when July comes around, we’ll really see. When those negotiations start. Until then, you can say whatever you want. Until then, we’ll see what happens.”

Olynyk hasn’t decided if he’ll have shoulder surgery

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Olynyk hasn’t decided if he’ll have shoulder surgery

WALTHAM, Mass. – Kelly Olynyk will consult with additional doctors before deciding whether to have offseason surgery on his right shoulder.
 
The injury kept him out for 12 games in the regular season and he re-aggravated it in Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
 
“I felt like it was improving,” Olynyk said following his exit interview on Friday. “I had games where it would feel good, games it wouldn’t. It would get hit every game and kind of pinch, set you back. It was tough. It never felt 100 percent the whole time; it never felt 80. It’s tough going down that stretch of games. You want to be at your best when your best is needed.”
 
In the regular season, Olynyk averaged 10 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent on 3s.
 
But in the six game series against the Hawks (he missed two games with the shoulder injury), the 7-foot center only scored just two points on 1-for-9 shooting.
 
As for surgery, Olynyk – like most of us – would much rather not have surgery if possible.
 
“It’s always an option when you have an injury of certain degrees,” Olynyk said. “If you can make sure it’s healthy without it, then it’s healthy without it.”
 
Depending on whether he has surgery will potentially impact his availability for the start of next season.
 
Regardless, Olynyk will do what he always does in the offseason — focus on ways to get better.
 
As he addressed the media, he had papers in his hand that included his stats from this season as well as other information pertinent to his offseason.
 
“Stuff to improve” was how Olynyk described the papers.
 
And as he began to elaborate, he grinned, “stuff mostly to improve.”
 
Like a cleaner bill of health, something that would bode well for both Olynyk and the Celtics.