Morning Skate: Thursday, May 17

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Morning Skate: Thursday, May 17

Chris Stevenson from the Ottawa Sun details the first step between the NHL and NHLPA toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Young Stars prospect tourney has been cancelled in Western Canada over the contract uncertainty facing the league.

It will be a busy weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the Lakers, Clippers and Kings all still going strong in the playoffs.

Sergei Kostitsyn has some strong words for the Nashville Predators and their handling of his brother, Sergei, and Alexander Radulov during the playoffs. Apparently staying out until 4 a.m. on a game night is acceptable behavior in the Kostitsyn household.

Tyler Seguin shows off his bandaged left hand and said its roughly a 10-week healing process for his surgically repaired knuckle tendon.

Lou Lamoriello praises his New Jersey Devils as they are only three wins away from an unlikely return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Marian Gaborik is benched for the third period after some weak play in his own zone, and John Tortorella unsurprisingly has little to say about it afterward.

For something completely different: a group of Rock and Rollbaseball experts talk about their favorite ballparks across the United States.

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.