Morning Skate: Thursday, July 19

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Morning Skate: Thursday, July 19

Good buddy James Murphy from ESPNBoston.com says that sources are telling him that the Bruins wont be dealing Milan Lucic or David Krejci this summer. That goes right in line with Peter Chiarellis desire to keep him hockey team together.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have the details on a front-loaded offer sheet getting sent to restricted free agent Shea Weber by the Philadelphia Flyers, and theres a 5050 chance he ends up in Philly.

Calmness prevails in New York City as the NHL and the NHLPA have a wide gap to bridge in their labor talks.

Interesting interview with SBNation.com where Steve Moore has some complimentary things to say about Todd Bertuzzi after the cheap shot incident that has linked them forever moving forward.

An interesting train of thought from Greg Wyshynski, who says that almighty television will have a say when the CBA finally gets done.

It must be the height of the offseason because ESPN.com is wondering whos the best individual player wearing No. 17 these days in the NHL.

Bob Ryan speaks about Kevin Youkilis return to Boston, and also says a few words about retiring from the Boston sports media after a long, glorious, storied run as a full-time columnist with the Boston Globe. Ryan wont be disappearing, however. The good news is hell still be writing columns on a part-time basis for the Globe.

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.