Morning Skate: Thursday, May 17

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Morning Skate: Thursday, May 17

Chris Stevenson from the Ottawa Sun details the first step between the NHL and NHLPA toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Young Stars prospect tourney has been cancelled in Western Canada over the contract uncertainty facing the league.

It will be a busy weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the Lakers, Clippers and Kings all still going strong in the playoffs.

Sergei Kostitsyn has some strong words for the Nashville Predators and their handling of his brother, Sergei, and Alexander Radulov during the playoffs. Apparently staying out until 4 a.m. on a game night is acceptable behavior in the Kostitsyn household.

Tyler Seguin shows off his bandaged left hand and said its roughly a 10-week healing process for his surgically repaired knuckle tendon.

Lou Lamoriello praises his New Jersey Devils as they are only three wins away from an unlikely return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Marian Gaborik is benched for the third period after some weak play in his own zone, and John Tortorella unsurprisingly has little to say about it afterward.

For something completely different: a group of Rock and Rollbaseball experts talk about their favorite ballparks across the United States.

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.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.