Morning Skate: Sunday, July 15

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Morning Skate: Sunday, July 15

The Chicago Sun-Times gets the story from Kevin Hayes and Chris Calnan about their experience playing for Noble and Greenough in Dedham, Mass. Both will be playing for Boston College this year as well.

Roberto Luongo is out at the World Series of Poker, and his 10-gallon hat is feeling five gallon and flat.

The Rick Nash saga could spill over into Columbus training camp and make things very awkward.

Meanwhile Minnesota is going wild for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in their new hockey home, and FOH (Friend of Haggs) writes all about it.

The Tampa Bay Lightning players laud the job done by Steve Yzerman to put the Tampa team together for next season.

Speaking of Luongo, he is still poker-faced about his potential move to the Florida Panthers this summer.

For something different: Kevin Youkilis sends a classy letter along to ESPNBoston.com to disseminate to the Red Sox organization and their fans. Meanwhile back at the ranch Bobby Valentine continues to take pot shots at him.

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.