Morning Skate: Monday, July 30

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Morning Skate: Monday, July 30

Apparently Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are going to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday. This ought to be good, and include somebody being called a "smelly pirate hooker." Would love to see Ferrell do a hockey movie after he took a swing at the world of figure skating.
Old friend Laura Behnke sits down with Rick Nash to talk about his excitement joining the New York Rangers.
The Rick Nash trade has brought flexibility to the forward lines among the Columbus Blue Jackets. So they have that going for them. Which is nice.
Chuck Gormley from CSNWashington.com wonders whether the Washington Capitals are better, worse or the same after their offseason moves.
The beginning of the Todd Bertuzzi trial has been delayed.
Kevin Allen from USA Today breaks down some moves and maneuvers that could still happen within the world of the NHL.
An investor calls Seattle the best market in the United States that doesnt have a hockey team. It would make for a heck of a rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks and give them somebody thats easy to travel back-and-forth from.
For something completely different: very compelling stuff with US gymnastic team members Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman last night in London at the Summer Olympics.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.