Morning Skate: Friday, December 7

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Morning Skate: Friday, December 7

Joe Posnanski riffs on the void left by the NHL lockout, and how anybody thats watched a hockey game live will become a convert to the sport.
 

NHLPA Executive Board member Ron Hainsey is perplexed by the failed NHL talks, and reveals that the ownership told players that bringing Donald Fehr back into the process was a deal-breaker. That says a lot right there about the NHLs motives and thinking, doesnt it?
 

Don Brennan thinks the NHL owners should just start colluding already and get a CBA signed they have no intention of paying attention to. I love Donnies thinking.
 

One of the Vancouver Green Men is on a Canadian talk show and discusses getting abused by Bruins fans at TD Garden during the Stanley Cup Finals. Apparently it was a little hostile after Aaron Rome took out Nathan Horton.
 

The details behind the rise and fall of the Pittsburgh Penguins group that almost brought the NHL lockout to an end, but didnt take it to the house.
 

Elliotte Friedman says there are a few options left for the players and they need to follow through with one of them.
 

For something completely different: A great oral history of Freaks and Geeks in Vanity Fair Magazine. One of my favorite TV shows that was gone way too soon.

Mike Gorman: "60-70% chance Celtics don't make a trade"

Mike Gorman: "60-70% chance Celtics don't make a trade"

Mike Gorman handicaps the chances that Danny Ainge is able to make a trade, and also that the C's are in a great position being one of the top teams in the East plus a chance for the #1 pick.

Gorman: "I'd be very hesitant to trade Jae Crowder for anyone"

Gorman: "I'd be very hesitant to trade Jae Crowder for anyone"

Mike Gorman talks with Toucher and Rich about the players on the Celtics that could be involved in a blockbuster trade for Jimmy Butler or someone else, and his desire to not include Jae Crowder.