Morning Skate: Monday, Feb. 17

Morning Skate: Monday, Feb. 17
February 17, 2014, 10:00 am
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* John Powers has a piece on the changes of Russian hockey over the years, and how the rest of the world has caught up to them.
 
* Jimmy Murphy provides his picks for winners and losers in the first couple rounds of the Olympics playoffs.
 
* PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough is in Sochi, and has Sidney Crosby looking to strike the balance between patience and urgency.
 
* Courtesy of Pro Hockey Talk, here are the quarterfinal schedules for the Olympics games played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

* USA Today has a piece on Great American Hockey Hero T.J. Oshie, who made a big name for himself with his shootout prowess against Russia.
 
* Grantland provides a list of the NHL’s worst contracts, and there isn’t a single Bruins player in sight.
 
* South Shore native Brian Boyle offers some insight into Team USA hockey’s journey through the Olympic tournament.
 
* For something completely different: An appreciation of Dick Kelley, the Boston College SID that passed away over the weekend after spending a life well-lived as ambassador of all things BC at the Heights.