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.

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future. 

The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team. 

Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now. 

“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”

McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.