Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 31

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 31

Dan Rosen goes over the potential landing spots for Shane Doan, and they dont include the Boston Bruins as we first reported to you a month ago at CSNNE.com. I still think Doan is using teams like the Rangers and Canadiens to drive up his price with no intentions of actually signing there, but well have to see.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray with the pull of the summer after he lands Tiger Woods ex-wife as his new girlfriend. Cha-ching.

Harvard alum Craig Adams has been highly involved with the CBA talks between the NHLPA and the NHL, and is still hopeful despite the admission that the league wants the players to make huge concessions.

Daniel Alfredsson announces that hell be returning to the Ottawa Senators for at least one more year. That makes the Senators another formidable team for the Bruins in the Northeast Division.

The injury bug hammered the Edmonton Oilers defense corps last season, but they also need a transfusion of talent. Perhaps that is in the form of Justin Schwartz, but well have to see.

A hockey lovers guide to the Summer Olympics from your favorite hockeyhumor blogger and mine, Down Goes Brown.

For something different: An interview between the Denver Post and the mother of Aurora shooting victim Jessica Redfield, Sandy Phillips.

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.