Morning Skate: Friday, July 20

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Morning Skate: Friday, July 20

Adam Proteau from the Hockey News says that the Shea Weber contract magnifies the disparity between NHL markets, and that in itself makes a pretty strong case for strengthened revenue sharing.

Jesse Spector from the Sporting News takes us around the NHL with labor talks and Shea Webers offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The experts say that the Nashville Predators will do whatever they can to match the offer for Weber, but Im not so sure that they can.

Tracking the biggest contracts in the NHL from Rick DiPietro to Alex Ovechkin, and everything in between.

Good piece on how frauds are impacting the way hockey fans follow news on Twitter. The funniest thing about the article: the example of @HockeyInsiderr getting it right with Jaromir Jagr-to-Dallas was a blatant copy job of a tweet Id originally sent out 5-10 minutes prior to him. Then he thumped his chest later about how he broke the news. What a clown.

Tragic final blog from Jessica Redfield (Ghawi) about narrowly missing tragedy at the Easton Centre shooting in Toronto months ago before she was reportedly among the dozen or so killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre in the early morning hours on Friday. Its eerie and horrific all at the same time especially considering that I clearly recall communicating back and forth with Redfield a few times over the last couple of years as she got a hockey media career started. Ken Fang of Fangs Bites also did a good job recapping the information known about the aspiring young sportscaster living and working in Colorado.

For something completely different: a nice piece from Forbes that includes an attaboy for the You Can Play movement about their attempts to push for social change within the world of sports.

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

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Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
 
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
 
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
 
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
 
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.
 

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

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Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo.