Morning Skate: Monday, June 18

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Morning Skate: Monday, June 18

According to Dave Stubbs, Max Pacioretty has asked his parents to hide his hockey bag this summer, so he can rest and recharge after working endlessly last year to return from his head and neck injuries.
The city of Pittsburgh is ready to host the NHL Draft this weekend and a Russian superstar is likely the top draft pick. With that in mind heres a profile of Russian superstar Nail Yakupov from Jason Brough of the Pro Hockey Talk blog. Adam Proteau of the Hockey News writes that it would be awfully difficult to side with the NHL owners in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Yahoo! Sports hockey blogger Puck Daddy has the scoop on Russian forward Alex Radulov deciding to head back to Russia after a failed attempt to return to the Nashville Predators. Adrian Dater and Alan Muir go over some of the latest hockey topics in their Sports Illustrated blog. Local hopeful Jimmy Vesey hoping that he can follow in his fathers footsteps after starring at the local junior level, and doing his Charlestown roots proud. For something completely different: CSNNE.com editor Art Martone says that perhaps the toxic clubhouse environment with the Red Sox has something to do with the guy managing the toxins.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.

*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.

*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.

*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.

*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres

*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.