Buckley: Thumbs up on Kuroda, thumbs down on Hamilton

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Buckley: Thumbs up on Kuroda, thumbs down on Hamilton

The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley joined Lou Merloni on "Uno Sports Tonight" and says Hiroki Kuroda should hold up two more years at his current innings pace.

Kuroda declined the Yankees qualifying offer, making him a free agent. Should the Red Sox be interested?

Buckley says Kuroda's age -- he'll be 38 by Opening Day -- is daunting. Still, he has shown durability by averaging 206 innings the past three years.

"That's like the 1920s by today's standards," Buckley said. "It suggests to me that he'll be able to do it for two more years."

And what of high-profile free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton? Buckley is concerned over comments ex-Rangers teammate Mike Adams made about Hamilton.

According to Adams, some days Hamilton brings it and some days he doesn't.

"When it's a teammate saying that," said Buckley, "it makes me wonder if you want to sign this guy more than a couple of years which is what he's looking for."

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.