Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 3

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Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 3

Chuck Gormley has a story on Alex Ovechkin embarrassed by his lack of offensive production this season.

You could literally write a column off every Coaches Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. This week its Don Cherry tsk-tsking Carey Price and P.K. Subban for executing the always-insulting low-five.

Ryan Lambert says that NHL expansion seems like a very bad idea to everybody expect the NHL.

Anze Kopitar and Bobby Ryan were teammates in Europe, but now theyve gone back to being divisional adversaries.

John Tortorella and Brad Richards are recognized for their contributions in Tampa Bay during the Rangers visit to the Tampa Times Forum.

Peter Chiarelli says that nobody should judge Brian Burke simply on the Phil Kessel trade alone, but it is a pretty stupendously bad deal.

For something completely different: Bill Simmons has a good piece on the farcical nature of PEDs in sports and the questions that nobody wants to ask.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

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Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.

*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.

*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.

*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.

*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”

*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.