Morning Skate: Friday, June 29

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Morning Skate: Friday, June 29

Credit to Eric Francis for trying to stick up for the GM he covers on a daily basis, but giving five years and big money to Dennis Wideman will be an absolutely disastrous deal by the last two years. Jay Feaster is a mess in Calgary.

The Nashville Predators sign Hal Gill to a two-year contract extension, and give the Preds a nice building block for a playoff team thats trying to keep everybody together.

The Colorado Avalanche can spend 32 million under the new salary cap specifications, and are one of the biggest targets that could potentially be interested in the Tim Thomas cap hit while playing in his new home state.

Are the Detroit Red Wings out on the Justin Schultz sweepstakes? Why are we so obsessed with the Justin Schultz sweepstakes?

Some interesting back and forth discussions on whether the Sidney Crosby contract is good or bad for the NHL, and all of his fellow players.

Nino Niederreiter wants to make a statement next season for the New York Islanders, and its pretty clear the Isles are looking for those kinds of players.

ESPN.com makes an argument why Bobby Ryan would be a better fit than Rick Nash with the New York Rangers. Ryan would be a better fit for any team given his cap hit and the offensive provided.

For something completely different: Rolling Stone ranks the 100 Greatest Beatles songs of all time, and I have a fairly legit problem with their No. 1 choice. Not the greatest Beatles song of all time. My favorite song? "Dear Prudence".

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?