Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 22

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 22

Bruce Garrioch says that time is running out for the NHL to hold a full season given the failure to communicate between the two sides during the lockout.

NESN has highlights from the showdown between Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin over the weekend in Switzerland.

Brian Boyle is playing in a men's hockey league in Hingham, and hes doing it dressed up in his New York Rangers gear. That must be a sight to see.

Elliotte Friedmans 30 thoughts column is here even if the season is not, and he details some of the ins and outs to the CBA negotiations in fine detail.

The Hockey News says that the NHL must get this CBA right at any cost after so many labor disputes and breakdowns over the last 20 years.

Kirk Luedeke is blogging deep from the heart of Texas, and giving everybody a different look at the AHL scene from the Western Conference side of things.

You would hope this is 100 percent legitimate given the production values and the message behind it: A video from a son with a dying father that just wants to take in an NHL hockey game with his dad during the lockout.

For something completely different: Celebrities are lining up to endorse the Presidential candidates with the election coming up in November.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.