Morning Skate: Monday, June 18

Morning Skate: Monday, June 18
June 18, 2012, 6:10 pm
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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: editor Art Martone says that perhaps the toxic clubhouse environment with the Red Sox has something to do with the guy managing the toxins.