Morning Skate: Wednesday, May 9

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, May 9

CBC rink side reporter Elliotte Friedman breaks down the Joel Quenneville situation in Chicago among his 30 thoughts, and how that appears to have led to the surprising decision to let assistant coach Mike Haviland go.

Heres more from the Chicago Sun-Times on the dismissal of Haviland, a popular and well-regarded NHL coach who was also a finalist for the head coaching job with the Winnipeg Jets last year.

The Jersey Courier Post has Jaromir Jagr unsure of his return to the Flyers for next season after a decent year in Philly.

Matt Kalman says that Peter Chiarelli cant count on a healthy Nathan Horton for next season. To which I reply, No duh.

Justin Bourne has a game plan for the Phoenix Coyotes to take down the Los Angeles Kings wagon that looks like its ready to roll all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Edmonton Journal has the story of Phoenix Coyotes playmaker Ray Whitney coming a long way from his years as an Edmonton Oilers stick boy.

Sounds like the contract negotiations for Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson are going to be protracted and perhaps even a little bit gnarly. But the Sens are going to payoh yeah theyre going to pay.

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.