Morning Skate: Friday, August 24

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Morning Skate: Friday, August 24

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jesse Spector talks NHL labor and continues to see an NHL Commissioner in Gary Bettman thats going to preside over another work stoppage the third of his illustrious career running hockey.

CSN Compatriot Kevin Kurz speaks with Jumbo Joe Thornton, who is hoping to avoid another lockout while also hedging his bets with a conditional contract to play in Switzerland if there is a lengthy work stoppage.

The Shane Doan decision one of the great summer cliffhangers -- appears to be wrapped up in the Sept. 15 collective bargaining deadline.

Former Bruins head coach Mike Keenan wants back into the NHL. Thats nice, Mike. Dont call us. Well call you.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys say that Henrik Zetterberg grew up enjoying Swedish Snowballs. I cant help but wonder if those snowballs similar to Devil Dogs, Ding Dongs or Yodels.

Gary Bettman said to the Toronto Sun that there is no alternate NHL schedule in the works should there be a lockout and regular season games will be missed. Also, Phoenix is still on the schedule. Insert laugh track here.

For something completely different: David Ortiz tried to cajole his teammates into attending the Johnny Pesky services on the flight home from New York City. Ortiz is one of the last links to the Red Sox teams that used to do things the right way. Its a sad state of affairs over at Fenway.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.