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.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction

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Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like I was watching the Heart of a Champion in that Golden State/Oklahoma City game last night. That Klay Thompson is something else.

 

*PHT writer James O’Brien wonders what the next step is for Troy Brouwer now that he’s ready to hit free agency, and the ride has finally come to an for the Blues this season.

 

*Excellent piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont on the sad story of Kevin Stevens, and the drug addiction demons that have had him in their clutches for a long time. I’ve known about Stevens troubles for a while, and it’s too bad because he really is a gregarious guy when you get to know him.

 

*Allan Muir speculates on the future of Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning now that the offseason has begun for both of them.

 

*P.K. Subban doesn’t sound like he’s got any hard feelings about being left off Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey, and said he’ll still be rooting them along.

 

*Pat Hickey mentions the Subban snub, but is incredulous that Habs center Alex Galchenyuk was left off Team North America.

 

*Larry Brooks breaks down how exactly former Bruins head coach and New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan was able to emerge from John Tortorella’s shadow some 10 years later.

 

*For something completely different: sad story all around in Cincinnati where they had to had to shoot an endangered gorilla dead when a four year old child fell into his enclosure.

Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne

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Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering how much of a dark cloud Slava Voynov’s presence is going to bring to the World Cup of Hockey.

*PHT’s Joey Alfieri tracks the ups and downs of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a frustrating season.

*Jonathan Drouin says that he “definitely wants to be” part of the Tampa Bay Lightning after a very rocky year with a happy ending for all.

*Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, Taylor Hall was one of a number of deserving Canadian players – including P.K. Subban -- left off the roster.

*The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their inaugural season in the league.

*Ottawa Senators senior advisor Bryan Murray is still getting used to a new role after a change in the Sens front office structure.

*Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has plenty of reasons to be proud after a very good year running hockey ops for the Penguins.

*For something completely different: this January Rolling Stone magazine piece on Stevie Nicks was an excellent retrospective.