Morning Skate: Saturday, October 20

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Morning Skate: Saturday, October 20

A real-live labor lawyer weighs in on the Make Whole provision and finds a way that the NHL and NHLPA could make it work.

Bruce Garrioch gets an exclusive interview with NHLPA Exec Director Donald Fehr where the players union head reveals that he doesnt get worked up about CBA meetings because its a waste of hormones. Interesting take.

Kevin Allen from the USA Today has a memo from Donald Fehr outlining the three NHLPA proposals given to the NHL late last week.

The owner of the Edmonton Oilers is letting a new arena deal slip right through his fingers.

Youve heard of the Gangnam Style video? This is Hextall Style with the Portland Pirates. Somebody has a lot of free time.

With the NHL and NHLPA in a deep freeze, the worry about the Winter Classic has officially begun.

The Calgary Flames are biding their time during negotiations and getting ready for the day when they will once again play.

Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector, who says the pressure is mounting on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as things go south in these CBA negotiations.

For something completely different: Chris Elliott is just now embracing his cult hero status? Hasnt his whole career been at a cult hero level?

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.