Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 17

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 17

Michael Grange calls the NHL on its latest offer as still being crappy for the players, but its multi-layered crap with a hint toward something better in the future. Like most he feels much more confident that there will be hockey at some point this season.

The Lighthouse Hockey blog brings up Orwellian comparisons to some of the provisions made in the most recent NHL offer. Its definitely an interesting use of language that the players are particularly skeptical about.

The Leafs brass would be ready to move quickly ifwhen an NHL season is called to action.

Ben Kuzma likes the first step by the NHL owners, but knows there is a long way to go before its a done deal.

An intriguing interview with Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference about balancing fatherhood with playing in the NHL. Its not always an easy balancing act given the challenges inherent to being a professional athlete.

CBC rinkside reporter Elliotte Friedman talks about the NHL and the NHLPA entering the ZOPA in their labor negotiations.

Greg Wyshynski (aka the Puck Daddy) from Yahoo! Sports chats with Ken Fang on his weekly podcast covering the world of sports media.

Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz continues to quarrel with the city of Edmonton over a new arena thats badly needed in the hockey hotbed. It sounds like things arent going all that well.

Cory Schneider says the NHL offer was a good first step, but hes playing the waiting game right along with everybody else.

For something completely different: Proof that Quentin Tarantino played Elvis in an episode of Golden Girls. Ill by that for a dollar.

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.