Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 8

Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 8
August 8, 2012, 3:12 pm
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Capitals defenseman John Carlson is among a group of NHL players without a contract as league executives haggle over the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Hockey News says that the Columbus Blue Jackets will once again be the worst team in the NHL next season.

The Detroit Red Wings are in a holding pattern waiting for a career decision from Tomas Holmstrom.

The Vancouver Canucks might be interested in European exile Cristobel Huet as they search around for another goaltender once they finally deal Roberto Luongo.

Former Terriers star Corey Trivino hopes to move on with an NHL career after pleading guilty to an assault that took place in the BU dorms last year.

A Nashville radio personality is suing the Predators after a human hockey puck stunt went horribly wrong. No this is not a joke or a sad country western song, although perhaps it could be some day.

For something completely different: The Wall Street Journal chronicles the media turning into cheerleaders at the Olympics. Part of the issue here is that the non-cheering in the press box mentality is something very North American. In many other parts of the world the media routinely gets out their pom-poms and cheers for their athletes, and that explains why it would be very visibly present at a world event like the Olympics. That explains why I once saw the Japanese media shower Daisuke Matsuzaka with a birthday cake, gifts and a singing of Happy Birthday in the Red Sox clubhouse. Its seems odd to us, but it happens in a lot of other corners of the world.