Morning Skate: Friday Oct. 19

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Morning Skate: Friday Oct. 19

Frank Seravalli says there is no sign of a thaw in the NHLs labor dispute as both sides dumped on each other Thursday. Thats what I would like to call the pessimistic view of things.
The Onion sports department decides that Sidney Crosbys brain injuries are a good excuse to make clumsy jokes about concussions. This is why Deadspin is winning.Andrei Markov causes a stir with his comments about the notion of staying behind in the KHL and Mother Russia when the lockout is over.
Good work by former Atlanta Thrashers employee Ben Write talking about life after working in pro sports, and how it can sometimes be better than lockout-worried employees can imagine.Elliotte Friedman gives his take on the NHL labor solution and says the ultimate answer could come from the American auto industry. Good take here and I have to believe that the NHLPAs willingness to combine a 5050 deal with the owners honoring all contracts will eventually broken a deal.
Former UMass-Lowell goalie Dwayne Roloson will join the RiverHawks coaching staff until the lockout ends. Thats a great gig for the veteran NHL goaltender and UMass-Lowell legend.For something completely different: an ESPN writer goes off on the ridiculous MLB media dress code instituted last season. I still shake my head at the 19th century ways of Major League Baseball, and the BBWAA group that willingly allowed all of this to happen.

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.