Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 26

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 26

Pierre Lebrun with a solid list of 10 things the NHL could do to win back fans when the interminable lockout is finally over. Love the idea of free agency beginning right after the NHL Draft in June.

An epic line brawl in junior hockey taking place while Miley Cyrus Party in the USA is blaring within the arena. Thats as American as Apple Pie and Bald Eagles.

Nick Cotsonika has the top 5 NHL stories of 2012 in what represents the beginning of a slew of year-ending stories that will flood the web with nothing else to write about.

There once was a time when the NHL ruled on Christmas. Its been a long time, though, as the NBA has ruled on Dec. 25 for quite some time.

Could the Phoenix Coyotes actually turn a profit by not playing a single NHL game this season? That is one of the sad truths of this NHL lockout.

Edmonton Oilers wunderkind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins dominates in Team Canadas first game in the World Junior tournament.

Could the Stanley Cup be awarded to an amateur team this season if the NHL regular season never gets started?

For something different: CSNNE.com has put together a Whos Who list of 20 athletes under the age of 25 years old that are making a name for themselves in Boston. Check it out.

Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

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Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

It's funny how during a week like this one, a singularly ridiculous act -- such as Antonio Brown's live stream of the Steelers postgame locker room celebration last weekend -- can lead to a series of brush fires that pop up only to be peed on and put out. 

That was the case yesterday as a comment Julian Edelman made to WEEI earlier this week about Brown's Facebook Live video was spun as a sort of vicious burn directed at the Steelers franchise. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said, a comment that read as a more serious indictment than it actually sounded. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

That led to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being asked about Edelman's comments, and defending the honor of the Rooney family, during a press conference on Wednesday.

"I don’t think I need to speak much," Roethlisberger said. "We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family."

And on and on it went. Later in the day, Edelman was asked about his comments during a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters.

So just in case you're keeping score, a Steelers player streamed a video of coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots "a-holes," which prompted a response from Edelman. That response prompted a response from Roethlisberger, whose response to the response then led to a response to the response to the response from Edelman.

Got it?

"Yeah, I mean I think it was taken out of context," Edelman said. "I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don’t know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it’s not the way we would do it here. That’s just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it’s whatever. That’s what the media does, try to make stories."