Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 1

Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 1
October 1, 2013, 2:00 pm
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* New Jersey Devils exile Ilya Kovalchuk could miss a month with a shoulder injury after colliding with his own teammate.
* James Mirtle says the Toronto Maple Leafs had little choice but to shell out $8 million a year for Phil Kessel. It’s the going rate for a top drawer offensive player with the salary cap expected to go up significantly over the years to follow.
* Mathieu Schneider from the NHLPA says that the majority of NHL teams supported hybrid icing, and many of the Bruins players that I spoke with would back up that notion.

* Interesting story hypothesizing that NHL players are "unlikely" to go the route of NFL players to seek reparations for the head injuries that went undetected or unprotected over the years. That remains to be seen at this point, but the family of Derek Boogaard is already doing exactly that.
* Steve Stamkos and Marty St. Louis are stumping for each other to be the new captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning with Vinny Lecavalier now elsewhere.
* Brad Boyes found a home in Florida with the Panthers, and that means the Bruins will get plenty of chances to see him this season.
* For something completely different: one of the Breaking Bad writers speaks with gleeful pride about coming up with the idea for Walter White poisoning Brock.