Morning Skate 1230: Do the Stojko!

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Morning Skate 1230: Do the Stojko!

It's been a busy day in the NHL. Here's the latest news you need to know.

Yahoo! Sports hockey blogger and FOH, Sean Leahy, says Tim Thomas has taken a comfortable lead over James Reimer in NHL All-Star game voting. Appropriate since hes the best goaltender in the world and all.

The Days of YOrr boys recap the year that was 2011 and say it was clearly the Year of the Bear. Hard to disagree.

Nick Cotsonika has a nice piece detailing how the Bruins are better than last years Cup edition, and perhaps the best theyve ever been.

Sarah Baicker has the CSNPhilly.com recap of HBOs 247 episode and its just as groovy as the first two editions.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story of Jaromir Jagrs return to Pittsburgh as an enemy member of Flyers Nation.

Do the Stojko? I have no idea what this is, but it made me think of former Celtics great Stojko Vrankovic, so I had to include it.

The Toronto Sun says it was a very good year for James Reimer, and its hard to disagree. A lot of good things happened to the young Toronto goaltender en route to becoming the Man for the Leafs.

Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner missed out on the World Junior Championships with a case of mononucleosis, but he hopes to return to his Frontenacs junior team sooner rather than later.

A good look at Henrik Lundqvist by Jesse Spector, who managed not to get lost in his dreamy blue eyes or stories from his jam sessions with John McEnroe.

The top 20 Boston athletes under the age of 25, brought to you by CSNNE.com and featuring quite a few members of the Boston Bruins.

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Speaking to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert touched briefly on the team’s unsuccessful attempt to lure Dont’a Hightower away from New England in free agency. 

Hightower returned to the Patriots this month on a four-year, $43.5 million deal with $19 million guaranteed. He was also courted by the Jets and Steelers, among others, with his offer from the Jets reported to be the biggest before they reportedly pulled it due to physical concerns. 

The Steelers also reportedly offered more money than the Patriots, with Jason La Canfora reporting that Pittsburgh offered more than $9 million annually. Hightower’s deal with the Pats pays him $8.7 million per year. 

“We made an attempt [with Hightower], it didn’t work,” Colbert told reporters. “We’re fine. We move on. Vince Williams, we were very confident in Vince. That’s why we signed him to the extension last year. So that if we got to this point and Lawrence had left us, and we didn’t sign anybody from the outside, Vince was certainly capable of stepping up and being the next guy.”

Hightower is entering his sixth season with the Patriots, who selected him with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 draft. 

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

It's been a long time since Tom Brady's been considered a true underdog. You might have to go back to Super Bowl XXXVI for anyone to remember a time when it seemed like the quarterback with the most championships in NFL history was a long shot to win. 

Not when it comes golf, though. 

Brady's a talented golfer, no doubt. He's eagled at Pebble Beach. He once teamed up with Jim Nantz to beat up on two US presidents

But even Brady knew he faced long odds against Jordan Spieth at Augusta. According to Brady's Instagram page, it seems as though the two Under Armour pitch men made up a foursome at the famed course about two weeks before the Masters kicked off. 

Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock... #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

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Brady has also taken on Augusta with Rory McIlroy. Still waiting on those scores to come out, but as with the recent Spieth round, probably shouldn't hold your breath.