Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 5

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 5

One of the underreported things that might have also contributed to Tuesdays progress: brilliant NHL COO John Collins was considering leaving the league if the lockout continued much longer.
 
Dustin Penner (right) spends his free time interning on Conan OBriens late night show, and manages to inflict violence on everybody.

Sidney Crosby and Ron Burkle are front-and-center at the Tuesday CBA meeting between owners and players that might have been a breakthrough. Give the Penguins credit for putting a plan into action.

Mike Ilitch presents a plan for a new 650 million arena in downtown Detroit. Say it aint so, Joe Louis Arena.

The Winnipeg Sun imagines what the conversation was like once the Tuesday meeting got underway between the six owners and 18 players.

Craig Custance with a good piece on decertification, and how its truly no easy route for the NHLPA should things go horribly wrong. This is true, but its also no easy route for the NHL as well and therein lies the value.

Important piece from ESPNBoston.com reporter James Murphy about NHL pensions for retired players, and their role within the current CBA negotiations.
 
The Provinces Tony Gallagher says that its time for Gary Bettman to reel in his catch and let the NHL Board of Governors know how good the deal will end up being. Probably not as good as they planned, but something they certainly should be able to live with provided they start the NHL season soon.
 
For something completely different, Mark Wahlberg wants to fight Tie Domi. No Im not kidding.

Ortiz: 'Boston's always going to be a part of me'

Ortiz: 'Boston's always going to be a part of me'

David Ortiz reflects on some of the greatest moments of his career with the Red Sox, especially the 2004 and 2013 World Series victories and what they meant to the city of Boston.

David Ortiz: The rumor came out to damage my image, the city of Boston

David Ortiz: The rumor came out to damage my image, the city of Boston

David Ortiz speaks out about the accusations against him using PED's and if it will hurt his reputation and legacy with the Boston Red Sox.