Morning Skate: Monday, July 9

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Morning Skate: Monday, July 9

Mike Russo details the behind the scenes details that brought both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to the Minnesota Wild this summer. Good stuff by one of the NHLs best reporters.

If the Columbus Blue Jackets cant get what they want for Rick Nash, then maybe they should hold on to him. Yeah. Thats going to foster a healthy situation in Columbus if your superstar doesnt want to be there. Good idea.

If the Nashville Predators arent ready to show Shea Weber the money then they should probably trade him, according to a Tennessean columnist.

A look at the undervalued Alex Semin by unbiased, clear-thinking, justice-seeking Cam Charron as he travels from place-to-place on the NHL free agent market looking for a place to play.

Nicklas Lidstrom has opted to stay in the Detroit Red Wings front office after retirement.

The Detroit Free Press wonders if Shane Doan might be in the cards for the Detroit Red Wings as he starts looking for other suitors outside of Phoenix?

FOH (Friend of Haggs) and nut-buster extraordinaire Ryan Lambert continues the look at the still-available Alex Semin on the free agent market via Yahoo! Sports.

For something completely different: Vicente Padilla has accused Mark Teixeira of racism and threatening violence against him in the past. Yowzers.

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.