Morning Skate: Friday, January 20


Morning Skate: Friday, January 20

Taylor Hall recalls the pregame warm-up accident that left him with 30 stitches on his forehead and a scar that now makes him look like Frankenstein.

Gord Stellick with the New York Islanders success story that is P.A. Parenteau, and some other assorted hockey thoughts on his CBC blog.

Heres a look at the NHL All-Star draft from the Vancouver side of it. The VAN fans are good at the preemptive blog strikes these days.

As if the NHL All-Star game isnt overhyped and full of fluff, here is a website for everything you wanted to know about the KHL All-Star game in Russia.

A blog post from San Jose Sharks country detailing why Tyler Seguin is and will develop into a better player than Taylor Hall.

For something completely different: Sean Grande bids adieu to the kid, Gary Carter, in the kind of blog piece that makes the Baseball Bunch days of my youth seem like a very long time ago.

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.
Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.

Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.

And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.

Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.

Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
A league source tells that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.

"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”