Morning Skate: Monday, Oct. 22

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Morning Skate: Monday, Oct. 22

If you have mixed feelings about NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, this Globe and Mail piece will give you a much better idea of where the union leader is coming from as the NHL lockout rolls on.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika vents his frustration in his Yahoo! Sports column about both the NHL and NHLPA seemingly more concerned with winning the PR battle than grinding away toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That sound you hear is hammer slamming on the head of the nail.

Fantastic column from the New York Post's Larry Brooks about the NHL labor dispute with an exchange from last weeks negotiation session between Jeremy Jacobs and Donald Fehr that youre not going to want to miss.

Interesting look from Forbes.com at the reasons behind such a long, drawn out process in getting to a new CBA for both sides, and how a profound lack of trust plays into everything.

Spector digs into the NHL lockout with some random thoughts, and he is dead on with his take on NHL players heading off to Europe. Dont understand why people would think that doesnt indicate solidarity.

Ryan Lambert wonders if cancelling close to 30 regular season games could be one of the best things that could happen to the NHL among his What we Learned pieces.

Dave Molinari from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wonders about the irreversible damage that the non-traditional hockey markets like Florida and Dallas might be suffering in this newest NHL lockout.

Apparently theres a kid in junior hockey named Connor McDavid and he is the next Sidney Crosby. Sound the hyperbole alarms!

For something completely different: Good take from Bruce Arthur about the Toronto side of manager John Farrell leaving the Blue Jays for a Red Sox managerial job that hes always wanted.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.