Morning Skate: Thursday, October 4

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Morning Skate: Thursday, October 4

The NHL lockout? Its all about dollars and cents. To think anything else would be uncivilized according to the New York Post.

Good Will Hunting has gone all street hockey in my CSN partner Danny Picards documentary about the Southie 3-on-3 Street Hockey tournament. Entertaining stuff, but I was left disappointed when nobody dropped the How do you like them apples? bomb at some point in the proceedings. Check it out.

Stupidity and selfishness are defining the NHL labor talks at this point, and there doesnt seem to be any reason to think things are going to change. Thats a damned shame.

NHL players have stowed away rainy day funds with the idea that another year-long lockout could be happening if things dont break the right way over the next few months. It sounds like they certainly learned from last time.

The European trip plans of both Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell are updated by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tim Panaccio at CSNPhilly.com.

Good buddy Steve Dangle chronicles the war of words between Dallas Eakins and Don Cherry, and some of the truth behind Grapes battles with the Leafs organization over the years.

The fans have the power in this CBA battle, according to the Montreal Gazette, and its up to them to start using it to get what they want: NHL hockey back much sooner rather than later.

For something completely different: Apparently Liam Neeson isnt a big NFL football fan and probably shouldnt be put on live television anymore.

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.

Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.

Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.

“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”

Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.

Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.

Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future. 

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.

*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.

*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.

*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.

*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.

*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.

*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.