Morning Skate: Friday, January 27

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Morning Skate: Friday, January 27

The top 10 rental defenseman available at the deadline for NHL buyers with the trade deadline coming up. Tim Gleason will be the guy for the Bs if they make a big deal at the deadline.

Brian Burke spoke to a group about a number of topics, and admits that sometimes he needs to be ruthless in his position something he compared to Steve Jobs from his biography.

Canada is a juggernaut in its home country, but hasnt exactly cornered the market in winning NHL hockey teams this season.

The Boston Herald speaks with former Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward about his reactions to the Tim ThomasWhite House flap, and the current TV analyst confirms that Thomas was never a problem with his teammates.

The NHL All-Star draft reminds Chicago how much they miss Brian Campbell now that hes in Florida.

A few thoughts from Bruce Garrioch about the upcoming NHL trade deadline, including the incredibly high price that Carolina is asking for defenseman Tim Gleason.

The Globe and Mails James Mirtle with a good piece on the win-loss records NHL teams must put together after the All-Star break to qualify for the playoffs. According to Mirtle, the Bs will need to go 14-20-1 to qualify.

Katie Baker from Grantland.com wraps up the week that was with Tim Thomas, the White House and the wonder of Pavel Datsyuk.

For something completely different: a high school teacher discusses what its really like when MTV takes over a high school for a Made episode.

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to party

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to party

Danny Ainge had something on his mind while attending his son's engagement party on Thursday. The clue was his shoes.

Ainge's son, Cooper Ainge, tweeted a series of images showing that his father was wearing a pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes: