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.

Monday, May 30: Sullivan reminisces about coaching Thornton

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Monday, May 30: Sullivan reminisces about coaching Thornton

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while honoring and remembering those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freed on this Memorial Day.

*Here’s a hockey column from Mark Madden, which kind of proves his dopiness when it comes to pucks. He writes about Pittsburgh’s excellent shutdown pair of Ian Cole and Justin Schultz, who have averaged a whopping 15 and 13 minutes of ice time respectively in these playoffs. Yeah, that’s not a shutdown pair. That’s called a bottom pairing.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri with another chapter in hockey’s version of the Never-ending Story: John Scott wants to make his own World Cup team with Phil Kessel.

*Mike Sullivan reminisces about coaching Joe Thornton, and playing for the San Jose Sharks, as his Penguins ready to take on San Jose in the Stanley Cup Final.

*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s me wondering what the heck the Bruins are doing on Sports Sunday last night on CSN.

*Apparently Alex Semin is going to stay in the KHL for this coming season. I don’t think anybody is too heartbroken around the NHL about this given the way things ended for him.

*Buffalo’s Mike Harrington says that Sidney Crosby returns to the Stanley Cup Final with a new kind of hunger

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger goes 1-on-1 with Joe Thornton, who says that the cat likes his Hillbilly Jim playoff beard.

*For something completely different: I haven’t yet read this Joe Posnanski piece on the play Hamilton and his daughter, but I’ll include it because everybody says that it’s great.

Sunday, May 29: Kevin Stevens dealing with drug addiction

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Sunday, May 29: Kevin Stevens dealing with drug addiction

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like I was watching the Heart of a Champion in that Golden State/Oklahoma City game last night. That Klay Thompson is something else.

 

*PHT writer James O’Brien wonders what the next step is for Troy Brouwer now that he’s ready to hit free agency, and the ride has finally come to an for the Blues this season.

 

*Excellent piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont on the sad story of Kevin Stevens, and the drug addiction demons that have had him in their clutches for a long time. I’ve known about Stevens troubles for a while, and it’s too bad because he really is a gregarious guy when you get to know him.

 

*Allan Muir speculates on the future of Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning now that the offseason has begun for both of them.

 

*P.K. Subban doesn’t sound like he’s got any hard feelings about being left off Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey, and said he’ll still be rooting them along.

 

*Pat Hickey mentions the Subban snub, but is incredulous that Habs center Alex Galchenyuk was left off Team North America.

 

*Larry Brooks breaks down how exactly former Bruins head coach and New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan was able to emerge from John Tortorella’s shadow some 10 years later.

 

*For something completely different: sad story all around in Cincinnati where they had to had to shoot an endangered gorilla dead when a four year old child fell into his enclosure.