Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 30

Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 30
December 30, 2013, 2:00 pm
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* Patrick Roy goes off on the NHL travel schedule for the Colorado Avalanche, and how it impacted them in a recent loss.
 
* Brian McGrattan is tossed from a Flames game for a hit on old friend Andrew Alberts that was followed by a brawl with Tom Sestito.

* The status of Dion Phaneuf’s contract talks is exposed for all to see on HBO’s 24/7 show, and it appears that it’s a done deal.

* Brenden Morrow had difficulty returning to Dallas for the first time since being traded away last season.
 
* Patrice Bergeron cracks FOH (Friend of Haggs) Harrison Mooney’s top 10 list of NHL players for 2013.

* Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller are the three goaltenders for Team USA, according to a Detroit Free Press report. Tim Thomas is up in arms over the snub by his country.

* For something completely different: Grantland takes a look back at a very bad year at the NFL.