Morning Skate 117: Trouble in paradise


Morning Skate 117: Trouble in paradise

Sounds like trouble in paradise between Alan Vigneault and Ryan Kesler over a slow season for the Canucks catalyst, and some critical words from the coach about the player.

Fun piece by Ian Mendes handing out a midseason report card to the Ottawa media that covers the Senators. I do notice that he didnt give himself a grad, however.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have what sounds alarmingly like a Valedictorian speech from Brian Burke on the prospects of getting a job in pro sports. The NHL might be the toughest field because its such a tight-knit group.

Ryan Miller is very adamant that hes the problem in Buffalo and theres no easy way to fix it. How is that for creative interpretation that will make the skinny jeans-wearing goaltender go ballistic?

Mike Cammalleri clarifies exactly what he meant with his losing mentality comments that got him a one-way ticket out of Montreal. I still fail to see what the big deal was about what he said.

For something a little different: Ty Law graces this weeks edition of Unfiltered along with some Great American Hockey Show high jinks.

Music link of the day: REO Speedwagon with a live version of Roll with the Punches at the XM studio in honor of the Florida Panthers playing it during pregame skate on Monday night.

Lewis not at Patriots practice; Van Noy works out with linebackers


Lewis not at Patriots practice; Van Noy works out with linebackers

FOXBORO -- Though Dion Lewis is expected to practice this week, he was not on the field with teammates Wednesday.

Lewis was eligible to begin practicing last week but remained sidelined. On Wednesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots running back would be on the field this week. Once Lewis does begin practicing, the team will have three weeks to determine whether or not he is activated. 

Newly acquired Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was present for his first practice in New England about 24 hours after being dealt by the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder was working out with Patriots off-the-ball linebackers (Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts) to begin the session. 

The Patriots have parted ways with practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris, it appears. His spot on the 10-man practice-squad unit has been taken by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson.