Morning Skate: Thursday, September 20

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Morning Skate: Thursday, September 20

Fellow CSN compatriot Tracey Myers has a very good look at Jonathan Toews and his decision-making process with regard to playing in Europe.

The players in the NHLPA are falling in line with Executive Director Donald Fehr, and its not surprising given his track record.

Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler singled out as one of the biggest diversfloppers in the NHLs crackdown on embellishment. Teammate Kevin Bieksa is on the committee that came up with the list. Its going to be an awkward training camp.

Forbes.com paints a picture of the NHL picture, and reports that there are only three NHL teams making real money in the current economic system and the Bruins arent one of them.

Stephen Whyno has some thoughts on Alex Ovechkin moving to the KHL and making threats if his salary is affected by a new CBA.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys lay out a series of Glendale plans, and it doesnt look like a good financial climate for the Coyotes home city.

For something completely different: Mike Felger said on CSNNE Sports Tonight last night that he thinks Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will be fired before the final regular season series against the New York Yankees. Its been a long time coming for a skipper that seems like hes gone broken arrow.

What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.