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Morning Skate 526: Return of the Dominator?

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Morning Skate 526: Return of the Dominator?

Dustin Penner talks about his sense of humor and where it came from. Hes going to be able to showcase himself pretty nicely during the Stanley Cup Finals with free agency pending.

Dominik Hasek is eyeing an NHL comeback at 47 years old according to several Czech publications.

Nick Cotsonika has Martin Brodeur turning in a classic performance while eliminating the Rangers and getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The New York Rangers say it wasnt fatigue that ultimately undid them in the Eastern Conference Finals, but that certainly looked like a sluggish team in the first period.

The Toronto Star brings everybody back to reality while talking about the samurai showdown that awaits the NHL once the Stanley Cup Finals have ended.

Ilya Kovalchuk proved his worth during the Eastern Conference Finals, according to Newsday, and is the kind of example that flies in the face of Russian hockey player stereotypes.

The sixth-seeded Devils and eighth-seeded Kings represent the worst Stanley Cup Finals match-up since the Penguins and North Stars tangled in 1991.

For something completely different: Kirk Minihane nails Curt Schilling to the wall for his misdeeds with 38 Studios and the state of Rhode Island.

Source: Despite addition of Nunez, Sox plan to keep Devers on roster

Source: Despite addition of Nunez, Sox plan to keep Devers on roster

BOSTON — Eduardo Nunez is expected to be activated Friday night, but he doesn't have third base all to himself. Rookie Rafael Devers is not going to be sent to the minors to make room, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday.

The Red Sox announced a roster move for David Price, who went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But the corresponding move to activate Nunez, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Giants in a trade for two minor leaguers, wasn't immediately clear. 

If there's no health situation at play and no one lands on the disabled list, Deven Marrero could be the odd man out.

Giardi: Two more picks for Jimmy G., but . . .

Giardi: Two more picks for Jimmy G., but . . .

FOXBORO -- The tweets stacked up on your timeline right around 12:30 this afternoon. Jimmy Garoppolo threw two interceptions -- again.

What the 140 characters didn’t tell you was how they happened, or why.

The first was a wounded duck that had very little chance of success, save for the fact that Justin Coleman completely impeded Chris Hogan’s ability to compete for the ball (read: defensive pass interference). Safety Jordan Richards poached the ball as it fluttered to earth and the media tent started chirping.

The second came two throws later. Garoppolo zipped a ball to the back hip/shoulder of Devin Lucien in the end zone. Lucien initially had it, but a diving Eric Rowe ripped it from his hands for Rowe’s second pick of Garoppolo in two days.

“Whenever you throw an interception, whether it’s your testing someone out and giving a guy a chance, you never want to throw an int in the first place,” said Garoppolo after practice today.

Those INTs came on the heels of two interceptions yesterday. The first -- snagged by Richards -- was almost certainly a ball Garoppolo would never have thrown in a real game. That's a point that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have hammered over and over in the last 17 years, that these day in late July and August, are a time for testing both yourself and your teammates.

“You always try to do the right thing in practice, but practice is also that time, especially in training camp,” noted Garoppolo, “ to try to give an opportunity to who you maybe wouldn’t in the regular season. It’s a time to gain trust in your teammates and give a guy an opportunity.”

Lucien had that opportunity today and had it wrestled away from him. Note taken and file saved. Maybe next time, Garoppolo -- or Brady, or Jacoby Brissett -- go a different direction. Or they hammer the point home.