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.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.