Morning Skate: Monday, August 12

Morning Skate: Monday, August 12
August 12, 2013, 10:45 am
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  • As I mentioned when former Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting Wayne Smith was relieved of his duties last month following the NHL draft in Newark, don’t be surprised if B’s scout Keith Gretzky is named the new director of amateur scouting for the Boston Bruins. Gretzky brings a breadth of knowledge about the OHL areas that the Bruins currently cover, but also has plenty of experience scouting players in Europe – that seemed to be an influence on this summer’s very Europe-heavy draft for the Black and Gold. The brother of “The Great One”, Gretzky was instrumental in the Phoenix Coyotes drafting slick Swedish defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson when he was the top scout for the Desert Dogs.
  • The latest PED woes for Major League Baseball show why Gary Bettman has it pretty good as NHL commissioner when labor peace is in session. 
  • Apparently Sidney Crosby doesn’t have to wait in line at the Pittsburgh Department of Motor Vehicles, and that has some people a little frosty.
  • Kirk Luedeke gets a starring role in this article about local hockey product/Calgary Flames draft pick Bill Arnold during his time at Boston College.
  • Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo sees reasons for optimism with newly acquired skill forward Nino Niederreiter, who washed out of the New York Islanders organization after a couple of difficult development years.
  • The son of Rod Stewart and Kim Hunter is set to play hockey for Great Britain. I can just imagine Kim Hunter sitting in the stands as a hockey mom, and bringing cookies and snacks for all of the rest of the players on her son’s hockey teams.
  • The Red Wings still have some business to attend to with the opening of NHL training camp standing roughly a month away.
  • For something completely different: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of all people, has compiled a list of the best sports movies for Esquire Magazine. This is actually a pretty well-written piece.