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Morning Skate: Saturday, October 6

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Morning Skate: Saturday, October 6

Hockey agent Allan Walsh wasnt always the guy dominating the hockey world with his twitter account. This is an interesting background piece on a guy thats one of the loudest voices during the current NHL lockout.

Good buddy Joe Yerdon from Pro Hockey Talk writes that Sidney Crosby isnt feeling very optimistic about the NHL labor progress. You didnt expect Sid the Kid to be flowing with optimism, right?

Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Strome talk about playing junior hockey in lockout limbo while they await its end and the NHL jobs that are sitting there for them.

Former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith describes just how badly the 1994-95 lockout damaged the NHL even though the league was able to put together a shortened season.

Nate Thompson joins a growing number of NHL players that are hopping onto the ECHL roster of the Alaska Aces, and giving that team the most formidable squad in the entire East Coast League.

We havent had a Justin Schultz update in at least two or three months, so here it is for all those scouring for the next bit of news about an Edmonton defenseman that hasnt yet played a game in the NHL.

For something completely different: Bobby Valentine and Peter Gammons are scheduled to sit down for an evening full of conversation at Salem State on Nov. 8 in what could turn out to be a very interesting speaking engagement.

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.