Morning Skate: Sabres, Canadiens cry over Bruins

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Morning Skate: Sabres, Canadiens cry over Bruins

WILMINGTON, Mass. Talk about the perfect storm brewing between other Eastern Conference teams earlier this week in Montreal.

The Canadiens and the Sabres played their first game against each other right out of the All-Star break, and it was a typically nasty Northeast Division affair. There were bone-crushing hits doled out and plenty of words chirped in both French and English, but there was one little wrinkle that must have amused the Bruins.

Buffalo and Montreal basically descended into a war of words over which team acted the part of the bigger punk when it comes to playing victim to the Bruins. Buffalo center Paul Gaustad starting by nonsensically yelling Wheres Chara? to Max Pacioretty, who of course was on the receiving end of a turnbuckle smash at the Bell Centre last season that left him with a fractured vertebrae and severe concussion.

But that wasnt the end of it. P.K. Subban, of all people, was among a group of Canadiens players that verbally slammed Gaustad and the Sabres for failing to defend Ryan Miller when Milan Lucic rammed into him earlier this season. It was almost like a couple of weepy ex-girlfriends on a reality show arguing about which one got dumped worse by the eligible bachelor.

But thats essentially what the Bruins have done to a pair of their Northeast Division rivals with their smash-mouth and intimidating style of play. The Bruins dont even to be on the same frozen sheet with the Sabres and the Canadiens to play the role of the schoolyard bully when it comes to their scraps.

That is true intimidation. On to the links:

Mitch Melnick from TSN 990 lays out the reasons why Pierre McGuire would make an excellent GM of the Montreal Canadiens with the esteemed franchise badly in need of leadership.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika gets in deep with the CBA and the two opposing sides in his Three Periods column for Yahoo! Sports.

The Hockey News Adam Proteau gets hockey apologies from all 30 NHL teams with the second-half of the regular season getting underway.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have the scoop on Dallas Stars owner Tom Gagliardi talking about his Stars club getting active at the NHL trade deadline.

The CSNNE.com creative team has come up with a trailer for a movie we like to call Hashtag: Free Joe Haggerty and its a pretty damned hilarious segment on the Great American Hockey Show.

Boston homeboy Ryan Whitney has missed the majority of the season with ankle issues, but returned with a solid game last night for an Edmonton Oilers team thats really missed him.

For something completely different: the first three minutes of the next episode of the Walking Dead courtesy of Perez Hilton.

Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

Hanley Ramirez is getting a night off as the Red Sox look for their third straight win against the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field.

Travis Shaw will play first base, with Brock Holt at third.

Tonight's lineups:

RED SOX:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Andrew Benintendi LF
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Rick Porcello P

RAYS:
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SH
Matt Duffy SS
Logan Morrison 1B
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Bobby Wilson C
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Matt Andriese P

Update: Stork contemplates retirement in wake of trade to Redskins

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Update: Stork contemplates retirement in wake of trade to Redskins

When word leaked this morning that the Patriots would release center Bryan Stork, the first question that popped to many people's minds was: "Couldn't they have traded him?"

Well, hours after the news broke, they apparently did:

And a few minutes later, Ian Rapoport came through with more information:

But now, as reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay, the deal might not happen:

Stay tuned.