Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 26

Kirk Luedeke gives the Bruins a C grade for their draft last weekend.Im inclined to agree given that Matt Finn was still on the board as a defenseman that Boston could have used, but theres also a willingness there to reach for a boom-or-bust pick with Malcolm Subban at No. 24 overall. Some of the other picks I share Kirks curiousity about.

A video piece about theSubban hockey familyfeaturing P.K., Malcolm and younger brother Jordan that is skating with the Bs first rounder in Belleville.

While theSt. Louis Blues are attempting to keep together their team, perhaps the biggest signing of them all was keeping Darren Pang on as their color analyst.

Joe Sakic is a virtual lockwhen the new Hockey Hall of Fame class is announced this afternoon. Hope that Pat Burns is included as well after the HOF dropped the ball over the last couple of years.

Agent Kent Hughes isconfident that the Tampa Bay Lightning will agree to a contract with Benoit Pouliotafter receiving him in a trade with the Bruins.

Theres a history of brotherly love in the NHL, andthe Staal Brothersare just the latest example in Carolina.

The Nashville Predators are facing plenty of free agent choices and potential dilemmas as July 1 approaches, and it appearsmore and more of a chance that Ryan Suter wont be returning.

Alexander Khokhlachev will be playing in the KHL next season, according to his former junior hockey club.

For something completely different: the Red Sox are in no hurry to find a permanent replacement for Carl Beane in thePA announcer gig at Fenway Parkwhile honoring his memory.

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.