Morning Skate: Monday, Feb. 24

Morning Skate: Monday, Feb. 24
February 24, 2014, 4:00 pm
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* Pierre Lebrun speaks with NHLPA President Donald Fehr about the future of the NHL and the Olympic Games, and it’s clear there is some work to be done if they are headed for South Korea in four years.
 
* Chris Johnston hits the nail on the head stating that the IOC decision to ban Nicklas Backstrom from the gold medal game was “a shameful one.”

* Chris Botta has a profile of Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Illitch, and the story behind the Little Ceaser’s mastermind.

* Thomas Vanek says the media blowing up his missed curfew for Team Austria was “ridiculous,” but it’s also fair to question given the complete lack of anything put into their playoff loss to Slovenia.

* Jonathan Toews has the Midas Touch when it comes to winning: gold medals, Stanley Cup championships and world junior titles.
 
* Look at the gear Tuukka Rask was pulling off with his Finnish teammates while still in Sochi. Wow.

* For something completely different: Hollywood lost a good, funny one with the passing of Harold Ramis, who wrote Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Dog and Caddyshack. That’s enough to be Hall of Fame level right there.