Morning Skate: Friday, July 20

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Morning Skate: Friday, July 20

Adam Proteau from the Hockey News says that the Shea Weber contract magnifies the disparity between NHL markets, and that in itself makes a pretty strong case for strengthened revenue sharing.

Jesse Spector from the Sporting News takes us around the NHL with labor talks and Shea Webers offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The experts say that the Nashville Predators will do whatever they can to match the offer for Weber, but Im not so sure that they can.

Tracking the biggest contracts in the NHL from Rick DiPietro to Alex Ovechkin, and everything in between.

Good piece on how frauds are impacting the way hockey fans follow news on Twitter. The funniest thing about the article: the example of @HockeyInsiderr getting it right with Jaromir Jagr-to-Dallas was a blatant copy job of a tweet Id originally sent out 5-10 minutes prior to him. Then he thumped his chest later about how he broke the news. What a clown.

Tragic final blog from Jessica Redfield (Ghawi) about narrowly missing tragedy at the Easton Centre shooting in Toronto months ago before she was reportedly among the dozen or so killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre in the early morning hours on Friday. Its eerie and horrific all at the same time especially considering that I clearly recall communicating back and forth with Redfield a few times over the last couple of years as she got a hockey media career started. Ken Fang of Fangs Bites also did a good job recapping the information known about the aspiring young sportscaster living and working in Colorado.

For something completely different: a nice piece from Forbes that includes an attaboy for the You Can Play movement about their attempts to push for social change within the world of sports.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.