Morning Skate: Monday, October 8

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Morning Skate: Monday, October 8

Good piece in the USA Today about Shane Doan guided by family decisions when it came time to make a decision on his NHL landing spot during free agency.

An interesting piece on Pro Hockey Talk detailing why increased revenue sharing could benefit the owners much more than the players. The NHLs resistance to greater revenue sharing has been one of the more confusing aspects to the CBA discussion.

The solidarity among NHL owners might be cracking, and Bruce Garrioch has an interesting look at some of the owners that might be starting to get tired of the lockout waiting game.

Eric Engels of Hockeybuzz.com wants you to help determine the best Montreal Canadiens defenseman of all-time.

Good piece on Flyers scout Patrick Burke and his battle against homophobia in pro sports with his You Can Play campaign.

Jonas Seigel details the path of Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jerry DAmigo on his pathway to the NHL.

Philadelphia Flyers grit player Riley Cote likes to live a healthy lifestyle with hemp products, so he opted to share that with everybody else. Okay then.

For something different: Grantland.com is asking What happened to Tim Burtons career? and how did it all go wrong so fast? Perhaps its my fault, but I always viewed him as one of the most overrated directors in Hollywood. All style, no substance.

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.