Morning Skate: Sunday, Jan. 26

Morning Skate: Sunday, Jan. 26
January 26, 2014, 3:15 pm
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* Here's a fair, complete look at the job that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has done over the last 20 years. The league has been rightfully mocked at times for some of the decisions that have been made, but there’s no denying that Bettman has overseen the NHL’s transformation into a multi-billion dollar business success story. The league's as healthy as it’s ever been, and the commissioner has played a big role in getting things into place.
* A really touching gesture by the St. Louis Blues and the Yale hockey program affected the lives of many over the last week.

* More NHL drivel from the New York Times while beating the anti-fighting dead horse. Both of these hockey writers are incredibly talented, and I’d really appreciate it if they’d start writing about something else aside from the overblown evils of hockey fights.
* A great story I’d never heard before about Vin Scully and Jackie Robinson racing on skates at an ice hockey rink.

* PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Joe Yerdon says that Andrew Ference is out of the Edmonton lineup with a head injury. Hope that doesn’t interfere with his availability next week against the Bruins.
* Even if it’s the Yankees, there is something really cool about Henrik Lundqvist rocking the pinstriped pads during the Stadium Series game against the New Jersey Devils.
* For something completely different: Over the summer, Adam Kaufman bid farewell to Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Tonight they're back.