Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 8

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, August 8

Capitals defenseman John Carlson is among a group of NHL players without a contract as league executives haggle over the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Hockey News says that the Columbus Blue Jackets will once again be the worst team in the NHL next season.

The Detroit Red Wings are in a holding pattern waiting for a career decision from Tomas Holmstrom.

The Vancouver Canucks might be interested in European exile Cristobel Huet as they search around for another goaltender once they finally deal Roberto Luongo.

Former Terriers star Corey Trivino hopes to move on with an NHL career after pleading guilty to an assault that took place in the BU dorms last year.

A Nashville radio personality is suing the Predators after a human hockey puck stunt went horribly wrong. No this is not a joke or a sad country western song, although perhaps it could be some day.

For something completely different: The Wall Street Journal chronicles the media turning into cheerleaders at the Olympics. Part of the issue here is that the non-cheering in the press box mentality is something very North American. In many other parts of the world the media routinely gets out their pom-poms and cheers for their athletes, and that explains why it would be very visibly present at a world event like the Olympics. That explains why I once saw the Japanese media shower Daisuke Matsuzaka with a birthday cake, gifts and a singing of Happy Birthday in the Red Sox clubhouse. Its seems odd to us, but it happens in a lot of other corners of the world.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.