Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 20

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Howard Berger thinks the NHL season is in grave jeopardy if the two sides dont make some serious progress this week. While I think thats a pretty strong statement, I also think there needs to be some traction sooner rather than later and the NHLPA needs to get the ball rolling. It sounds like the NHL is ready to play ball, and shame on them if theyre not.
 
Another outside resource, this time a professor, rips the NHL for treating its fans like dumb flocks of sheep willing to follow wherever they go. The one thing at play here: The fans arent going to follow quite so easily this time around.
 
Heres a Globe piece on the November Project that Andrew Ference was a part of when he was still working out in Boston.

Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec have both flopped during their time playing in Europe, and theres a legit curiosity as to whether that will carry over to the Winnipeg Jets when the season begins.

Michael Grange says that its time for the players to ditch the name-calling and start looking for a way to a make a deal. Well said, my friend.

Brian Burke is a new face in the NHL CBA talks, and the hope is that his no-nonsense approach will help broker a deal between the two sides. It certainly cant hurt given the respect that he commands.

Ian White regrets calling Gary Bettman an idiot during a fit of pique, and knows that name-calling isnt going to get matters solved.

For something completely different: Comedian Patton Oswalt goes through many of his memorable and forgettable roles through an eclectic acting career.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.