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.

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

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.