Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 10

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 10

The Backhand Shelf blog includes some of the best hockey highlights from the NHL players currently skating in Europe.

An interesting piece from Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski about why cracks in the NHL ownership group dont really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Jason Brough asks a lawyer if the NHLPA would ever attempt to decertify like some of the other pro athlete unions in the wake of tough CBA negotiation talks.

ESPN pulls off a list of the top 25 players under the age of 25 years old, and the Bruins have three forwards on the list. The list also ranks Brad Marchand ahead of Tyler Seguin, though, which makes you wonder about the methodology behind putting the list together.

Andrei Markov is enjoying his time back home skating in the KHL, according to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dave Stubbs with the Montreal Gazette.

The kind of blog piece that gives those basement bloggers a good name despite what the mean mainstream media says about them in fits of pique. The NHL lockout is all about getting more money from the paying customer at the end of the day.

NHLPA Exec Director Donald Fehr sits down with the Toronto Star editorial board, and its pretty clear the salary cap will be on the table if the two sides dont come to an agreement sooner rather than later.

For something completely different: Toucher and Rich convince local voters that theres a Super Twinkie question on the ballot. Typically hilarious stuff.

For something completely different Part II: Sometimes you forget how great Bob Ryan is as a sportswriter, and then you go back and read things like this about the CelticsLakers rivalry back in 1992.

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.