Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 23

Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 23
December 23, 2013, 12:30 pm
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* Robert Bortuzzo is giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a physical presence along the blue line this season, and it’s been noticeable.

* Nice piece by Jonas Siegel Nazem Kadri with the nugget that they tried to get him mic'd up for the game against the Penguins. He probably should have done it given the “Kadri is a [expletive] joke” line from Sidney Crosby that did make it into the 24/7 episode.
* A look at the Team Sweden entry for the World Junior tournament that’s stacked with NHL prospects.
* PHT’s Cam Tucker goes over a Minnesota Wild hockey club that’s struggling with its confidence.
* Martin Jones has become the newest sensation in Los Angles as a rookie that’s setting some big records with his play between the pipes.

* Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is trying to instill the message of “The Detroit Way” in Dallas, much as the Bruins management team has already done the same thing in Boston.
* A look behind-the-scenes at the “Bear and the Gang” videos put out by the Boston Bruins and Arnold Worldwide communication.

* For something completely different: An argument for getting rid of the lottery for the NBA Draft.