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Morning skate 215: Time to make a move

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Morning skate 215: Time to make a move

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Interesting prices for the trade market this winter as the Feb. 28 trade deadline looms for the NHL and more importantly in Boston for the Bruins.A first-round pick and a third-round pick for Kris Versteeg with essentially two seasons left on his contract; a draft pick, a top prospect and NHL forward Joffrey Lupul for defenseman Francois Beauchemin, and other minor deals have begun to set the market for the rest of the NHL.Prices are steep and it appears that the Bruins will have to be willing to part with some assets and valuable pieces in exchange for the power play quarterbackpuck-moving defenseman or skilled forward that Boston really needs for a playoff run.A cosmetic trade for a journeyman defenseman like Steve Montador isnt going to get it done just as it didnt get it done two years ago. A deal for a young skill defenseman like Jon-Michael Liles who has one assist and is a minus-17 in last 11 games for the Avalanche isnt the answer either.The Bruins have to make some difficult choices, and that starts with parting with picks and players if they really, truly hope to make a Stanley Cup run. Otherwise this team is simply going through the motions as so many other Bs teams did prior to the NHL lockout that changed everything.On to the links: Heres a piece from the Globe and Mail that takes a close look at fighting in the NHL, and surprisingly has Harry Sinden as one voice that attempted to get goons out of the league. Hard to believe, but true. A big game against the Lightning with the Flyers adding Kris Versteeg to the equation, per CSNPhilly reporter Sarah Baicker. A good look by the L.A. Times' legendary Helen Elliott at the need for action rather than words from Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux when it comes to league-wide issues. Are the Edmonton Oilers icing their worst team in the history of the franchise? Thats a tough question, and Pro Hockey Talk is willing to pose it. Stop the presses! It appears Damien Cox has finally decided to get critical of Brian Burke and the Leafs in the wake of the Kris Versteeg deal. I wasnt sure if this day would ever get here. Steve Ott actually learned phrases in other languages to get under the skin of foreign-born hockey players. It's one of the many reasons why hes referred to as Brave" Steve Ott in Boston.

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.