Morning Skate: Sunday, January 29

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Morning Skate: Sunday, January 29

National Post columnist Bruce Arthur has an interesting take on the story that Sidney Crosby may have had a pair of fractured vertebrae in his neck in addition to the concussion issues.

Love Kevin Paul Dupont, but hes in full throwing stuff against the wall mode if he thinks the Bruins are simply going to cut Tim Thomas this summer during the buyout period. The best goaltender in the world doesnt have any trade value in the last year of a deal where his salary is drastically reduced?

The one and only Don Cherry tells the Ottawa Sun that Brian Burkes complaining about him isnt going to change his critical style.

Pro Hockey Talk writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Joe Yerdon breaks down todays NHL All-Star game set to run on the NBCSN channel.

The Globe and Mail has both the NHL and the NHLPA keeping quiet about when official negotiations will begin on the next collective bargaining agreement between the two sides.

The boys at Yahoo! Sports have the Unofficial 2012 NHL All-Star Game drinking game, which promises to be just as exciting as the action on the ice. Dont forget your helmet!

For something completely different: I havent been a pro wrestling fan for over 25 years, but heres a WWE preview compiled by Grantland.com for all those into this sort of thing.

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.