Morning Skate: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Morning Skate: Tuesday, Dec. 10
December 10, 2013, 11:15 am
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* Ken Campbell from the Hockey News tees off on the Bruins/Penguins stuff after James Neal gets suspended for five games for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head.
* Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers haven’t been the same since Brandon Prust left New York. Yes, that’s the same Brooks that has begun railing against fighting in hockey, but laments the absence of one of the Rangers’ fighters. Make up your mind, bud.

* Good piece of writing from Rob Rossi on James Neal, and what he does and doesn’t know about him. The aforementioned Rossi and myself were guests on Marek vs. Wyshynski talking about the Bruins/Penguins mess from last weekend.
* Flyers tough guy Jay Rosehill goes to bat for Shawn Thornton.

* Andrew Ference has talked with Bruins players, and believes Shawn Thornton is remorseful about attacking Brooks Orpik.
* Kevin Allen from the USA Today says that things need to change for an NHL that is between worlds right now. Interesting take and there’s definitely some truth to it. I just hope the NHL doesn’t swing too far away from the league that people fell in love in the first place.

* The recently learned $71 million salary cap ceiling for the next year starts a familiar dance between the league and the NHLPA.
* Another take on the NHL’s culture of fighting: It’s a well thought out piece, but I reject the notion that we need to simply accept that everything Brad Meier and Gord Murphy did as refs was correct in the first period of the Bruins/Penguins game. Not calling anything on Orpik’s hit and then hauling Thornton off for roughing when he tried to fight Orpik the proper way completely exacerbated the situation. That’s when they lost control, and handed it to the players to make their own justice. It should never be that way.

* For something completely different: Ian Ziering is refreshingly honest about why he did the Sharknado movie that became such a popular hit.