Morning Skate: Thursday, April 26

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Morning Skate: Thursday, April 26

Elliotte Friedman has some thoughts on the Roberto Luongo trade rumors among other things.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have George McPhee saying that the Washington Capitals absolutely had to win this kind of playoff series.

Nick Cotsonika has the story of the Capitals taking down the Bruins with grit over glitz in the first round of the playoffs.

Kerry Fraser says in his TSN blog that Joel Wards game-winning goal in overtime on Wednesday night shouldnt have counted and the game should have played on.

Joel Wards agent denounces the racial slurs that disgusting Bruins fans have tossed his way via Twitter.

The Maple Leafs are among the teams in the Roberto Luongo derby, according to the Toronto Star.

Braden Holtby has been a find for the Washington Capitals and is one of the biggest reasons theyre moving on in the series.

Nicklas Lidstrom wants to keep the band together in Detroit with the Red Wings, but it remains to be seen if thats possible.

Bulpett: Ainge 'really protective' of ability to go to free agency this summer

Bulpett: Ainge 'really protective' of ability to go to free agency this summer

Steve Bulpett joins Mike Felger to weigh in on the NBA trade deadline and the lack of moves made by Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics thus far.

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”