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.

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.