Morning Skate: Friday, May 25

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Morning Skate: Friday, May 25

Wayne Gretzky has made his Stanley Cup Finals plans, and he will be in Los Angeles to see his former team take part in the best-of-seven title series for the first time since he led the Kings there in 1993.

The Dodgers ownership group wants the Winter Classic to come to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles sooner rather than later.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were an early out in the playoffs, but at least Evgeni Malkin looks like he might be on the cover of a video game. So hes got that going for him which is nice.

Ryan Keslers agent lowers the boom on Alain Vigneault after its announced that the Vancouver Canucks coach will be coming back for another seasons.

Speaking of: interesting column from Province columnist Tony Gallagher about a house thats potentially divided in Vancouver as Vigneault returns.

Tales of handshake line fury from Phoenix Coyotes Captain Shane Doan, after he lost it on Dustin Brown after Game 5.

For something completely different: an article about how the lefty throwing, right batting freaks of nature have made up some of the best baseball players in MLB history. A young Joe Haggerty was also a throw leftybat righty first basemen and outfielder for Stoneham High School back in his glory days.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.

 

 

What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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