Morning Skate: Monday, May 28

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Morning Skate: Monday, May 28

Katie Strang has her final report card for the New York Rangers after their demise in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Changes are coming for the Rangers roster for next season after their best NHL season in a long time.

The York Times says that Simon Gagne has been cleared to return for the Stanley Cup Finals. The question is whether or not that makes the Los Angeles Kings a better hockey team at this point in the playoffs.

Jaromir Jagr cant commit to a return to the Philadelphia Flyers after one memorable year in Philly.

The 40-year-old wonder Martin Brodeur still has what it takes to win the Stanley Cup, according to the New York Daily News.

Meanwhile on the ranch in Los Angeles, a comparison between the two Kings teams to make the Stanley Cup Finals 15 years apart.

For something a little different: The Los Angeles Times does a nice piece on the Right to Play campaign that many NHL players have become involved with over the last five years.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.