Morning Skate: Sunday, Jan. 27

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Morning Skate: Sunday, Jan. 27

Andrew Ference sits in with Jeff Marek and Greg Wyshynski for their podcast, and thats always worth a link.

Teemu Selanne says he wants to see how his 40-plus body responds to the shortened season with back-to-back games before deciding on whether hell play next year.

A little late on this, but the Flyers made a nice move by signing Mike Knuble in a time of need.

Good hockey rumors from Ottawa Sun columnist Bruce Garrioch, who says that George McPhee needs to get something done after a slow start.

Another Cory Schneider shutout adds a little mire intrigue to the Vancouver Canucks goaltending controversy.

Max Pacioretty is out for 3-4 weeks. Yet another big blow for the Montreal Canadiens franchise this season.

Shane Doan takes out his frustrations on Mike Richards stemming from last years grudge with the Kings during the playoffs.

For something completely different: President Obama says hes not sure hed allow his son to play football if he had one.

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
 
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
 
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
 
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
 
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
 
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.