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Morning Skate: Saturday, September 24

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Morning Skate: Saturday, September 24

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
James Mirtle gets in the spirit of Moneyball with the movie being released this weekend, and tracks down the Bill James of the NHL and his growing influence on the game behind the game.

Dion Phaneuf makes his living from blowing up skaters with big hits and playing over the edge at times, and the Toronto defenseman tells the Toronto Star he's mighty confused about the new boardinghead shot rules.

The Igloo is set to be destroyed in Pittsburgh, and there's at least one member of the Bruins organization who won't be sad to see it go. The Igloo is effectively where Marc Savard's NHL career was forever changed for the worse after Matt Cooke's flying blindside elbow.

Former University of Maine goaltender Jimmy Howard has painted a tribute to the Lokomotiv plane crash victims on the back his goaltender's mask this season.

It's make or break time for prospective NHL hopefuls in camps across the NHL, and that goes double in Winnipeg.

Steve Stamkos is looking to carve out a bigger leadership role with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and that seems to be the natural progression for the gifted scorer and playmaker.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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.