Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 5

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 5

John Tortorella sits down with Bob Coasts and talks media idiots and tweeters on the NBC Sports Network.

The Flint Journal the hometown newspaper of record for Tim Thomas hometown has a few people close to Thomas standing behind his decision.

A funky piece of news from CSN Washington, who said that a porn star killer had previously blogged about Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin.

A good helping of Tim Thomas in the 30 thoughts of Elliotte Friedman this week as he attempts to uncover what exactly is going on.

Wayne Gretzky is at the Stanley Cup Finals games in Los Angeles, and hes touting the idea of renaming the Conn Smythe Trophy after Jean Beliveau. Thats a pretty excellent idea.

Justin Bourne examines how the Los Angeles Kings ended up as the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Nicklas Lidstroms retirement leaves plenty of stories and memories behind in the city of Detroit.

Craig Custance wonders if Zach Parise and the New York Rangers will be making a connection in the offseason.

Former Rangers great Mark Messier tells the New York Post that the Rangers need more depth as they hope to move past the conference finals next season.

For something completely different: Baseball Prospectus and Derek Lowe are absolutely a marriage made in heaven.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.