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.

Friday, Jan. 20: Canes’ Bickell tries to carry on after MS diagnosis

Friday, Jan. 20: Canes’ Bickell tries to carry on after MS diagnosis

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply skating my lane today.

*A terrific piece on Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell getting on with his life after an MS diagnosis, and pushing to see if he can return to the ice.

*If the New York Islanders botch the hirings for people guiding the franchise, then John Tavares could be one of the next figures gone from Brooklyn.

*It’s been a rough go of it for St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen over the past few weeks and that continued on Thursday night.

*Top NHL Draft prospect Nolan Patrick’s value comes from his two-way play, and that’s what teams are focused on rather than the injury issues.

*Mike Babcock talks a wide range of subjects with James Duthie during a 1-on-1 with the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach.

*In his never-ending odyssey on the fringes of the NHL, Seth Griffith has been claimed by the Maple Leafs on waivers for the second time.

*Veteran forward Clarke MacArthur won’t be playing this season for the Ottawa Senators amid his concussion issues.

*For something completely different: Bill Belichick just being Bill Belichick at his press conference on Friday and that’s something we can all be reassured about.

 

Patriots have perfect attendance at final practice of AFC Championship week

Patriots have perfect attendance at final practice of AFC Championship week

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had perfect attendance at Friday's practice, meaning they had all 53 players on their active roster present and accounted for at all three practices this week. 

Contrast that with how things have gone for the Steelers this week, and there is a stark difference. Star running back Le'Veon Bell missed each of his team's first two on-the-field workouts this week, and several Steelers players are dealing with a bug that seems to have circulated the locker room. 

The Patriots could have an interesting game-day roster decision to make should Chris Hogan (thigh), Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and Danny Amendola (ankle) both be healthy enough to play on Sunday. They have not entered a game with five receivers in uniform this season but could potentially dress Mitchell, Amendola, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Michael Floyd.

Other players listed as limited participants in practice this week are Brandon Bolden (knee), Martellus Bennett (knee), Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and Jabaal Sheard (knee).