Morning Skate: Monday, Sept. 24

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Morning Skate: Monday, Sept. 24

The NHL and NHLPA will talk numbers today, but it wont be in the way that you would think.

The Globe and Mails Dave Shoalts says the hockey cattle comments are giving NHL commissioner Gary Bettman exactly the kind of diversion he was looking for. Well, maybe not exactly.

Pro Hockey Talk has more on the cattle fallout with Marty Havlat taking umbrage at the notion that the players arent human beings.

Unity is a key for the locked out players and will perhaps decide how long the lockout lasts, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A good piece in the Los Angeles Times about the names engraved on the Stanley Cup, and those that do the engraving.

Bill Meltzer has a good look at whats happening with NHL players over the last few weeks, and the latest on the mass exodus to Europe.

A handy, dandy guide on How to Weather the NHL Lockout and what to do until hockey comes back.

For something completely different: a piece on the guys running the new morning show over at 1510 NBC Sports Radio, and the names should be pretty familiar to longtime Boston sports radio listeners.

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?