Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

Kirk Luedeke gives the Bruins a C grade for their draft last weekend.Im inclined to agree given that Matt Finn was still on the board as a defenseman that Boston could have used, but theres also a willingness there to reach for a boom-or-bust pick with Malcolm Subban at No. 24 overall. Some of the other picks I share Kirks curiousity about.

A video piece about theSubban hockey familyfeaturing P.K., Malcolm and younger brother Jordan that is skating with the Bs first rounder in Belleville.

While theSt. Louis Blues are attempting to keep together their team, perhaps the biggest signing of them all was keeping Darren Pang on as their color analyst.

Joe Sakic is a virtual lockwhen the new Hockey Hall of Fame class is announced this afternoon. Hope that Pat Burns is included as well after the HOF dropped the ball over the last couple of years.

Agent Kent Hughes isconfident that the Tampa Bay Lightning will agree to a contract with Benoit Pouliotafter receiving him in a trade with the Bruins.

Theres a history of brotherly love in the NHL, andthe Staal Brothersare just the latest example in Carolina.

The Nashville Predators are facing plenty of free agent choices and potential dilemmas as July 1 approaches, and it appearsmore and more of a chance that Ryan Suter wont be returning.

Alexander Khokhlachev will be playing in the KHL next season, according to his former junior hockey club.

For something completely different: the Red Sox are in no hurry to find a permanent replacement for Carl Beane in thePA announcer gig at Fenway Parkwhile honoring his memory.

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.