Morning Skate: Friday, December 2

Morning Skate: Friday, December 2
December 2, 2011, 7:51 pm
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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?