Morning Skate: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Morning Skate: Tuesday, Jan. 21
January 21, 2014, 1:15 pm
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* You know what helped spark the Nashville Predators in their game last night? A hockey fight, you say? But I thought the anti-fighting agenda followers scoffed at the notion that a hockey fight could swing momentum? I guess they’re wrong again.

* Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is still seeking justice from the NHL for Matt Cooke’s hit on Erik Karlsson last season. O.J. Simpson is also still searching for the real killers.

* Vancouver Canucks assistant coach and former Boston Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan takes over the reins in Vancouver while John Tortorella serves out his 15-day suspension. Sullivan will have been moved back to Tortorella’s assistant when the Canucks travel to Boston for their February regular season finale. It would’ve been interesting to see Sullivan as the head guy behind an opposing bench at TD Garden after his years leading the Jumbo Joe edition of the Black and Gold.
 
* Marian Hossa has certainly begun thinking about retirement from the NHL at 35 years old, but he is still playing for the Chicago Blackhawks like that day is a long, long way away.
 
* FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle investigates why the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be a severe “Jekyll and Hyde” team whether the team is winning or losing.
 
* Greg Wyshynksi has six lessons learned from the John Tortorella 15-day suspension after the brouhaha with the Calgary Flames.

* Wayne Scanlan has Robin Lehner’s patience being tested while serving as the backup goaltender to Craig Anderson.
 
* For something completely different: Bill Simmons and Christina Karl address the biggest controversy facing Grantland since Simmons founded the website devoted to his sensibilities.