Morning Skate: Friday, June 14

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Morning Skate: Friday, June 14

Bobby Holik tears into those calling the Los Angeles Kings the Flyers of the West for all of the ex-Philly players that won the Cup in LA.

A hockey mom runs out onto the ice during a youth hockey league game when a line brawl breaks out.

Mason Raymond is stuck in the rare cut-down arbitration case with the Vancouver Canucks after down season.

The Chicago Sun-Times has a very balanced, calm look at cheap shot artist Raffi Torres possibly getting his suspension reduced.

Toronto Maple Leafs great Mats Sundin may have to wait for a call from the Hall of Fame.

It looks like AHL rising coaching star Jon Cooper might be bringing his winning ways to the Edmonton Oilers.

TSN takes a look at some monumental busts for NHL teams with the first overall pick in the draft.

For something completely different: It looks like R. Kelly found somebody that can keep him from flying. The IRS says he owes 4.8 in taxes according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.