Morning Skate: Tuesday, August 21

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, August 21

Jim Matheson has some tidbits on Nail Yakupov potentially going to the KHL and Russia if theres a lockout, and Sergei Samsonov looking for a comeback.

Down Goes Brown breaks down the NHL lockout and commissioner Gary Bettman in the way that only ol' DGB can do it.

Interesting story from Dusty Saunders on why a lockout shouldnt cost hockey an entire season like it did in 2004-05.

Mark Spector takes a look at some of the belt-tightening thats happening with the NHL rules enforcement over the summer, and how Colin Campbell is at the center of it.

CSNPhilly.com compatriot Tim Panaccio says that agents are baffled by the six-year deal awarded to Scott Hartnell by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tie Domi showed a little of his old snarl when Team Sweden attempted to tape a Team Canada practice.

The Nashville Predators continue to push toward a Stanley Cup season, and reinforced that in their Skate of the Union address to season ticket holders on Monday.

For something completely different: Apparently Nicki Minaj will be an American Idol judge next season along with Mariah Carey? That might have finally pushed me over to the edge to solely watch The Voice next year.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.