Morning Skate: The force is strong with the ECHL

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Morning Skate: The force is strong with the ECHL

The Dallas Stars media thinks the second half of their season should just be renamed Bachman Goaltender Overdrive.

Ryan Lambert has five Calgary Flames-related things to think about with the Mike Cammalleri deal still percolating all around him.

Pierre Lebrun with a nice piece at ESPN.com detailing how the Battle of Ontario finally means something in the hockey world again.

Patrick Kane tells the Buffalo News that he wants Sabres fans to start laying off Ryan Miller and his affinity for skinny jeans.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells the Globe and Mail that nothing is set in stone with the Leafs and Wings for next years Winter Classic. Dont forget that the Capitals had the rug pulled out from under them a couple of years ago when they thought it was a done deal at Fenway Park.

The New York Rangers ownership thinks the Blueshirts are destined for the Stanley Cup Finals, and John Tortorella thinks its time to slow down.

An Ontario hockey team is all set to hold a Star Wars Night and my only regret is that I wont be able to make it. May the Force be with them.

For something completely different: an article detailing how the Worldwide Leader may be getting a little too big for their own britches.

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

BOSTON –  Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas (hip) is feeling better, but no decision has been made on whether the two-time All-Star will have surgery.

“He’s doing some rehab work out there with his people in Seattle,” Stevens told a pool reporter during Thursday night’s NBA draft. “He’s getting ready to host his Zeke-end (basketball tournament), which is a big deal for him.”

Thomas, who led all players in the Eastern Conference with a 28.9 points per game average, suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against Washington but continued to play through it.

However, the injury only worsened and ultimately led to him being unable to return in the second half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland which ended in five games.

Stevens said no decision has made yet as to whether Thomas will require surgery.

“He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action,” Stevens said. “And nothing’s determined after that. He hasn’t done a lot, physically, and will be off his feet until that next appointment, or won’t be doing any basketball.”