Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 14

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Sidney Crosby is not excited about the NHLs unwillingness to maintain player contract rights in the most competitive league in the world.

I wrote the other day that Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr shouldnt go to the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies. Here was the flip side argument from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ian Mendes.

The NHL goalies might have a rough time when the regular season finally begins, and here are a few reasons why. One bright light for Bruins fans: Both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin havent had problems finding work and should be in midseason form.

Elliotte Friedman weighs in with his always-worthy 30 thoughts for the week, including the leagues decision to hold the line on contracts.

Brett Hull tells the Sporting News that its time for the NHL to get things done and start the season.

Good piece by Alan Siegel for Boston Magazine where he gets the inside story on the iconic photo of Derek Sanderson smoking a cigarette while clasping his hands in prayer.

CSN Bay Area Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz wonders if theres any advantage for the Sharks in a shortened NHL season.

Lenny Clarke goes ballistic on Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr before saying that the women of Boston missing their hockey players. Okay then.

For something completely different: Amanda Rykoff is sick of the stereotype that women are only into sports for the players good looks, and blogs fiercely about it.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.