Morning Skate: Friday, December 2

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Morning Skate: Friday, December 2

A different look at the game of hockey through the lens of a newspaper photographer that shoots the Montreal Canadiens.

Brian Burke actually offered to rent out a barn so he could have it out with then Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe when the two were feuding over the offer sheet to Dustin Penner. Apparently Gary Bettman had to intervene, which I think is pretty awesome.

ESPN.coms Pierre Lebrun stands up to defend Roberto Luongo and says that Bobby Ryan can now relax out in Anaheim after the coaching change.

The Vancouver Canucks reports that there is a delay in the return of Mason Raymond to playing action after being sidelined following the collision with Johnny Boychuk in the Stanley Cup Finals last spring.

Justin Bourne says that Washingtons focus on defense is killing their team, and the evidence is overwhelming that hes correct. An out-of-shape Russian superstar playing when the mood strikes also isnt helping.

Nick Cotsonika has a nice column for Yahoo! Sports about the St. Louis Blues really picking things up under the tutelage of Ken Hitchcock and the new coaching staff.

Kirk Luedeke checks in with Bruins draft pick Zane Gothberg, who is moving up the ranks of Bostons organizational depth at the goaltending position.

For something a little different: With December here I ask if there will ever a greater World Junior forward line than Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Corey Perry for a monstrous Team Canada squad back in 2005?

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.