Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 8

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 8

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.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats
 

Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

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Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.

*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.

*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.

*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.

*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.

*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.

*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.