Morning Skate 317: Everyone breathing easy

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Morning Skate 317: Everyone breathing easy

A Jason Bourne look at the non-sanctioned games that pro hockey players engage in throughout the NHL regular season.

The NHL GM Meetings are over and everyone is breathing easy that no radical changes were implemented for next season with talks of red lines and fighting crackdowns

The cultural conundrum of BC Place, the Vancouver Canucks and a rabid hockey following in British Columbia.

Katie Baker takes her spin around the NHL over at Grantland.com and focuses her lens on Alexander Radulov returning to the Nashville Predators and the battered, exhausted Bruins bunch.

Tony Gallagher talks about roster changes to the Canucks based on pointless rule changes in his mind. Love when Gallagher opens a window into his interesting mind.

The Bruins style of play has added to the heavy burden of repeating this season after climbing the NHL mountaintop last year.

A list of 10 movie ratings that the MPAA got wrong, courtesy of the Huffington Post.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.