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Morning Skate: Friday, October 5

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Morning Skate: Friday, October 5

Some are tiring of the spin being put forth by the NHLPA in the CBA negotiations, and the Winnipeg Free Press columnists are among them.

An interesting look at the dwindling number of kids playing hockey in Canada, and how its affecting the national sport.

The NHL players both stars and the rank-and-file lash out at the NHL on the day the league announces the cancellation of two weeks worth of games.

Marc Spector says that the NHL players have tunnel vision right now, and that theyre looking a bit out of touch. I link these columns in the interest of getting both sides of the story, but I am in pretty fair disagreement here. If Im an employee for a company thats breaking records for revenue, I would also be upset if I were asked to take a 20 percent pay cut at the bargaining table. Its hypocritical to say otherwise.

Yahoo! Sports columnist Nick Cotsonika says that both outrage and indifference are coloring the cancellation of NHL regular season games.

The Vancouver Canucks react to the NHL lockout getting real, and there isnt a single dive, bite or flop among their tactics.

Craig Custance says that the development of Cory Hodgson at the AHL level is a key cog in the further success of the Buffalo Sabres franchise. Hes one of the players that it will be very interesting to watch play at the minor league level.

For something completely different: Liam Neesons career path is given the Grantland.com treatment. I saw The Grey last night and it was entertaining, though I found myself rooting for the wolves rather than Neeson.

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.