Morning Skate: Friday, June 29

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Morning Skate: Friday, June 29

Credit to Eric Francis for trying to stick up for the GM he covers on a daily basis, but giving five years and big money to Dennis Wideman will be an absolutely disastrous deal by the last two years. Jay Feaster is a mess in Calgary.

The Nashville Predators sign Hal Gill to a two-year contract extension, and give the Preds a nice building block for a playoff team thats trying to keep everybody together.

The Colorado Avalanche can spend 32 million under the new salary cap specifications, and are one of the biggest targets that could potentially be interested in the Tim Thomas cap hit while playing in his new home state.

Are the Detroit Red Wings out on the Justin Schultz sweepstakes? Why are we so obsessed with the Justin Schultz sweepstakes?

Some interesting back and forth discussions on whether the Sidney Crosby contract is good or bad for the NHL, and all of his fellow players.

Nino Niederreiter wants to make a statement next season for the New York Islanders, and its pretty clear the Isles are looking for those kinds of players.

ESPN.com makes an argument why Bobby Ryan would be a better fit than Rick Nash with the New York Rangers. Ryan would be a better fit for any team given his cap hit and the offensive provided.

For something completely different: Rolling Stone ranks the 100 Greatest Beatles songs of all time, and I have a fairly legit problem with their No. 1 choice. Not the greatest Beatles song of all time. My favorite song? "Dear Prudence".

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.