Morning Skate: Wednesday, May 16

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, May 16

No matter what Dave Stubbs is writing about, Im buying and reading it. Here he is going in the way-back machine to talk about the heckling and wrath thats commonly wrought at Madison Square Garden during hockey games.

Im glad somebody else wrote about the myth of the blocked shot because its been one of the more irritating developments this spring. Wow, teams that want to win the Cup are stepping in front of more shots. Duh.

Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts on the CBC website, and says that the Patrick Kane pattern of conduct -- or lack thereof -- could be coming to a head in Chicago.

David Haugh says that the Blackhawks trading Kane would be a gigantic mistake. Hes still immensely talented and only 23 years old, but either way its time for him to grow up.

The CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting a college hockey tournament next year that includes Robert Morris University and Penn State. Good stuff.

Its been 60 years for Hockey Night in Canada and theyre going just as strongly now as they ever did before.

Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth is being criticized for bagging bears in Alberta while hunting from a tree. I seem to remember that Tim Thomas did the very same thing a few years back.

A nice piece by Michael Farber on John Tortorella as a Man in Full while coaching his New York Rangers through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

For something completely different: new pictures emerging from the cast and crew of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It seems every other picture is of Carrie Fisher making out with one creature or another, doesnt it?

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

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Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.

*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.

*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.

*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.

*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”

*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.