Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 31

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Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 31

It looks like Tyler Seguin made quite the impression withthe fans and media in Switzerlandafter finishing with 40 points in 29 games for HC Biel. That gets him a nice thankyou note on the teams Facebook page.

Marc Spector says that now, finally, the NHL and the NHLPAstart doing the dance of negotiations. Its something that should have starteda long, long time ago.

A good update of where things currently stand via RogersSportsNet insiders like Nick Kypreos, John Shannon, Ian Mendes and MichaelGrange.

Don Cherry believes that NHL commissioner Gary Bettmanblinked in order to save the NHL season, and lets hope that blinking becomescontinued and rapid until a deal is struck between the two sides.

Former Bruins defenseman Jason York learns lessons beyondhockey while getting involved in youth hockey in the Ottawa area.

Elliotte Friedman previews the crucial next step for theNHLPA, who will make a counter-offer on Monday that should be a very importantstep in the negotiating process.

Bruce Arthur says that the NHL must deal with Donald Fehrif they want to have a shortened 2013 season. This is true, and it would havebeen nice if the league came to this realization much, much sooner.

For something completely different: the first annual CSN punt,pass and kick competition with Michael Felger, Gary Tanguay, Tom E. Curran andmyself. Real comedy hi-jinks going on there.

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.