Morning Skate: Friday, Nov. 30

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Morning Skate: Friday, Nov. 30

Michael Grange with an excellent column wondering aloud if Donald Fehr is doing exactly what his hero Marvin Miller would do in these CBA negotiations.

Former Bruins forward Tommy Fitzgerald is fitting in nicely as a member of the front office in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

Damien Cox offers his assessment after four years of Brian Burke running the Maple Leafs show up in Toronto.

An interesting report from Alan Maki about the significant underreporting of concussions that is rampant around the world of hockey.

What a paint job! Call Slimer and Ray Venkman for the Ghostbusters goalie masks complete with a Stay Puft Marshmallow man.

Only time will end the current NHL lockout as everybody rushes to the next step or strategic move from each side. The only question now is how much time this is all going to take.

Mike Smith speaks with Craig Custance and gives some interesting takes on the lockout: the most outspoken being that a removal of player contract rights will essentially turn them into puppets. And not the cutesy Pinocchio kind either.

Good work by CSNNE.com colleague Danny Picard speaking with NHLPA player rep Kevin Westgarth for a good 30 minutes of lockout talk on his Im Just Sayin radio show.

For something completely different: Presidential Election It boy and former Baseball Prospectus genius Nate Silver sits in with Bill Simmons for a chat on the BS Report.

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix talks with Abby Chin about the teams in the East making moves at the trade deadline while the Boston Celtics stood pat.

Kirk Minihane: Give Danny Ainge credit for not making a 'panic' deal

Kirk Minihane: Give Danny Ainge credit for not making a 'panic' deal

Kirk Minihane explains why he was glad Danny Ainge not making a panic deal just because the fan base was expecting a move.