Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 29


Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 29

Details emerge about the latest CBA proposal from the NHL: Its slightly better than the first one, but it still doesnt appear close to a workable document from the players point of view. Sixteen teams would be automatically over the cap if the NHL proposal became a reality.

The Hockey Guys have a profile on Bruins draft pick and Charlestown Townie Matt Grzelcyk. has chosen today as Bruins day on its 30-in-30 feature during the month of August, and has all of the essentials for a preview of whats to come once NHL hockey gets going.

Would Virginia Beach be a possible destination for an NHL hockey club in the future? Theyre certainly looking to draw a pro sports franchise to their neighborhood.

The NHLPA mulls the proposal from the NHL, and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston outlines some of the finer points.

Bruce Garrioch has a great story of journeyman goaltender Fred Braithwaite, who is hoping for one last chance at the NHL as a 39-year-old goaltender. Its pretty refreshing at a time when another 38-year-old goaltender (Tim Thomas) is walking away from the league near the height of his powers.

Mike Cammalleri is ready to rebound this season with the Calgary Flames. Getting out of Montreal was a pretty good start for him.

For something completely different: Joss Whedon will have a new TV show out soon and it will be related to the Avengers movies that hes directing. Good news for a guy like me that lists Buffy the Vampire Slayer as his favorite television show of all-time.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.