Morning Skate: Monday, August 20

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Morning Skate: Monday, August 20

Dany Heatley sues his former agent for 11 million and continues an impressive list of things that make me pretty sure Heatley is one of the bad guys in the NHL world. He may be well within his rights here, but I havent heard many good things about an ultra-talented player thats been traded a handful of times in his All-Star level career.
The NHL tactics from the owners is about a huge cash grab and not much more, according to the National Post. Tom Benjamin from the Canucks Corner frames the CBAlockout argument in a way that people should be optimistic the season wont be interrupted in a major way. Interesting take, but I still dont think the players are going to be as agreeable as Benjamin characterizes in this piece. Jack Todd takes some swings at Gary Bettman in his Sunday Thoughts column for the Montreal Gazette.
What does a players day with the Cup say about their personality? Harrison Mooney from Yahoo! Sports tell us exactly that.

Toucher and Rich get Milan Lucic to sing a few notes in the vein of 'Rad' Marchand. Youd never guess the big guy sang in the choir in high school, would you? Good for Lucic being such a good sport, and congrats to Rich on another brilliant bit.
Obnoxious Boston Fan takes an axe out and levels the Red Sox after their white flag loss in the Bronx on Sunday night.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.