Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 9


Morning Skate: Tuesday, Oct. 9

The NHL has cancelled all visits to Ann Arbor this month to check out the Big House in advance of Januarys Winter Classic, according to the Detroit Free Press. So that would certainly push some to make the leap that the Winter Classic is in danger of getting pulled into the undertow amid the NHL lockout. Uh-oh.

Providence Bruins forward and UMass-Lowell alum Bobby Robins has his own websiteblog, and its pretty damned entertaining. Good writing from a scrappy kid that can also fight. Who would have thought?

Does it make sense for Markham, Ontario to build a major arena without a pro sports team already in place to support the facility? Probably not, but it makes you wonder what kind of certainty they have about getting a franchise in the future, doesnt it?

Some fun facts about the WHA, but this link is really all about a funny picture of an 18-year-old Wane Gretzky blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.

Dominik Hasek retires at 47 years old after not getting any interest from the NHL when he announced his comeback. This is Haseks third retirement announcement. This is not a recording.

Good piece by Roy MacGregor detailing that its not always pucks at play in NHL labor talks, and many times it comes down to owners and high-powered execs on massive ego trips. Shocking? Well, not really.

For something completely different: John Cusack joined Peter Gabriel on stage at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend and was carrying a boombox when Gabriel went into In Your Eyes. Thats pretty cool for anyone that digs the 1980s.