Morning skate: January 2, 2014

Morning skate: January 2, 2014
January 2, 2014, 2:45 pm
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A quick spin around the hockey -- and the non-hockey -- world:

-- Great story from Scott Burnsides embedded with the Team USA decision-makers, where he gets some pretty damning quotes from guys like Brian Burke about Bobby Ryan, Keith Yandle and Dustin Byfuglien.

-- In a related development, Ryan called Burke “gutless” on Thursday and said he wouldn’t be returning a phone call to the Calgary Flames President.

-- An interesting breakdown of the Team USA roster with the same conclusions I had: too much grit, and not enough scoring power against elite teams on an Olympic sheet with international refs.

-- PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has the Nathan Horton Era beginning in Columbus tonight after his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.

-- ESPN.com’s Craig Custance goes over the winners and losers in the U.S. men’s Olympic team selections.

-- Good Bruce Arthur column on the beautiful, messy spectacle of the Winter Classic at the Big House yesterday afternoon. Looked like a ball once you got to the stadium, but not so much in the journey to get there.

-- For something completely different: Rolling Stone gives its 50 best albums of 2013.