Morning Skate 111: Thornton video making waves

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Morning Skate 111: Thornton video making waves

Bruce Arthur with a solid column on what goes into the Bruins and Canucks holding such an electric, contemptible rivalry and why thats so engrossing at the NHL level.

A Vancouver Province blogger that uses esoteric reaches at humor to varying degrees of success in deconstructing the Shawn ThorntonTony Gallagher CSNNE hit from Tuesday night. Methinks youre trying a little too hard to be funny, chief.

Another take from Greg Wyshynski that hits the nail close to the head on Thorntons takedown of Gallagher for calling the Bs enforcer unethical. Perhaps that was the wrong choice of words, eh?

The Pro Hockey Talk Boys have their own take on the ThorntonGallagher tiff, and let the video speak for itself.

The Orange County Register has a nice piece on Teemu Selanne thriving and surviving through the ravages of time and the savage NHL.

I always wondered what happened to Paul Shirley after he stopped writing on the Bill Simmons web site and now we find out that he went through his own personal Razors Edge experience.

For something completely different: when Darth Vader attacks.

Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice

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Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice

There's one where he makes a one-handed catch and celebrates with his arms outstretched as he glides into the end zone. There's another where he leaves his feet to go up and over safety Devin McCourty to come down with a pass. 

Judging by some of the pictures that have surfaced on Patriots.com of Rob Gronkowski participating in an OTA practice earlier this week, the All-Pro tight end seems to be feeling pretty good. 

Gronkowski, who agreed to an incentive-laden contract restructure for the upcoming season, is returning to action after undergoing season-ending back surgery last year so there was some question as to just how prepared he'd be to participate in practices this spring and summer. 

Again, judging by the photos, the answer is he's ready to ready to run routes on air and make contested catches against defenders.

Reporters will have an opportunity to watch the team practice on Thursday, the first workout open to members of the media, which will allow us to judge Gronkowski's mobility and his level of participation more fully.

Another takeaway from the photos on the team website is that Gronkowski was not required to wear a non-contact jersey during the session. Contact is not allowed during this phase of the offseason training program, but players returning from injury (and quarterbacks) will still wear red jerseys to inform their teammates they're not to be touched. For instance, Jonathan Freeny, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve about a month into last season, donned a red non-contact jersey in one image.