Morning Skate: It's all about the lockout

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Morning Skate: It's all about the lockout

Allan Muir and Adrian Dater from SI.com commiserate over the NHL lockout and the many directions things can go from here.

According to the Pro Hockey Talk boys, the Florida Panthers mascot becomes the face of the NHL lockout, or something like that.

Marc Spector says its put up or shut up time for the NHL and NHLPA with the season now hanging in the balance.

It looks like Jumbo Joe Thornton is headed back to Switzerland just as he did during the last NHL lockout, per the San Jose Mercury News.

Goaltending advisor Francois Allaire is no longer working with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to the Toronto Sun.

Brian Burke responds to criticism from Allaire. Maybe it has something to do with the actual goalies?

The USA Today sits with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and goes over exactly what the problem is in negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA. Heres a hint: it was something to do with the number 57 percent.

For something completely different: Has anybody heard about these replacement refs in the NFL? Wow. What a disastrous Week 2 for the NFL.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: How does the Chris Paul trade affect the Celtics?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: How does the Chris Paul trade affect the Celtics?

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0:41 - Tom Curran, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Rockets acquiring Chris Paul and how that trade can actually have an affect on the Celtics plans.

5:06 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to talk about if the Celtics are the front runners for Paul George, what would be too much to give up to the Pacers, and why it’s important to sign Hayward before trading for George.

11:21 - Evan Drellich joins from Fenway Park to discuss Rick Porcello getting his 10th loss of the season and if the struggling offense might be a season-long problem. 

14:58 - Tom Curran and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Nate Burleson saying that Julian Edelman is the most under-appreciated receiver in the last 10 years.