Morning Skate: Wednesday, Sept. 19

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Sept. 19

Per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski, a Maple Leafs song that is the feel bad song of the year up in Toronto while the NHL lockout rolls on.

A nice piece by James Mirtle looking at how the lockout will be taking a large bite out of some players' careers, and ending them in some instances.

The OHL is creating regulations to crack down on the amount of fighting taking place in the league. So what is going to happen if fighting is ultimately abolished, and then these players are dropped into the NHL with little to no experience in the sweet science? Doesnt sound like a good recipe to me.

NHL staffers are told that a 20 percent pay cut and four-day work weeks are coming with a long lockout anticipated.

Jonathan Toews is keeping his European options open with the lockout gaining steam while both sides refrain from talking to each other.

Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner both weigh on heading down to the AHL while the lockout rolls on, and potentially dominating what should be a strong league this season.

Some thoughts about the IIHF transfer cards needed for NHL players to work in Europe, and the absolute backup thats going on these days with so many players leaving North American hockey behind.

For something completely different: a good look by the New York Times at Neil Young when many media outlets dont ever get the chance to see behind the curtain.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.

*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.

*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.

*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.

*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres

*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.