Morning Skate: Monday, April 23

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Morning Skate: Monday, April 23

Its allergy season for Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and everybody should know about it.

A great picture of Tyler Seguin celebrating from the Bs Game 6 win in Washington DC. Yes, this is from Andrew Ferences third period goal rather than the OT game-winner. But it still conveys the same message.

Claude Giroux and Braden Holtby lead the Conn Smythe favorites for this seasons field of candidates, but that will likely change significantly over the next couple of days.

Gregory Campbell is Tyler Seguins Zen Master. Oh, yes he is and the Pro Hockey Talks Joe Yerdon is all over it.

James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail wonders whats next for the Pittsburgh Penguins after a disappointing playoff exit.

Daniel Alfredsson hopes to return from a concussion for Game 6 against the New York Rangers. That would give the Senators a gigantic lift.

The city of Vancouver manages to refrain from burning down their city after a first round exit from the playoffs. That, my friends, is progress.

For something completely different: Jennifer Sterger talks about stereotypes of females in the sporting world.

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.