Morning Skate: Monday, August 20

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Morning Skate: Monday, August 20

Dany Heatley sues his former agent for 11 million and continues an impressive list of things that make me pretty sure Heatley is one of the bad guys in the NHL world. He may be well within his rights here, but I havent heard many good things about an ultra-talented player thats been traded a handful of times in his All-Star level career.
The NHL tactics from the owners is about a huge cash grab and not much more, according to the National Post. Tom Benjamin from the Canucks Corner frames the CBAlockout argument in a way that people should be optimistic the season wont be interrupted in a major way. Interesting take, but I still dont think the players are going to be as agreeable as Benjamin characterizes in this piece. Jack Todd takes some swings at Gary Bettman in his Sunday Thoughts column for the Montreal Gazette.
What does a players day with the Cup say about their personality? Harrison Mooney from Yahoo! Sports tell us exactly that.

Toucher and Rich get Milan Lucic to sing a few notes in the vein of 'Rad' Marchand. Youd never guess the big guy sang in the choir in high school, would you? Good for Lucic being such a good sport, and congrats to Rich on another brilliant bit.
Obnoxious Boston Fan takes an axe out and levels the Red Sox after their white flag loss in the Bronx on Sunday night.

Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

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Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.