Morning Skate: Thursday, January 10

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Morning Skate: Thursday, January 10

 An NHLBruins resurrection party taking place on Jan. 17 at the Harp. Sounds like it should be a good little hockey love-in for the diehard Bruins fans out there.

 What will the Rangers do with Wade Redden? What will Redden do with himself if hes back in the NHL? Interesting questions abound.

 

 If you are a glutton for hating the Canucks, heres the Green Men podcast for your perusal.

 

 Jonathan Toews questions the length of the NHL lockout just as players around here have been doing all week. Its definitely a legit point.

 

 Dustin Byfuglien is feeling just fine after the lockout layover and says his conditioning wont be an issue. What the Winnipeg Jets coaching staff thinks might be a different story altogether.

 

 If you havent already please like the Turk: the Movie Facebook page and support the efforts to make a film about Derek Sandersons life. It sounds like its going to be a pretty awesome flick when its said and done, and Ed Burns has already signed on to play Sandersons dad.

 

 Scott Hartnell enjoyed himself during the NHL lockout. Scott Hartnell enjoys himself no matter where he goes.

 

 For something completely different: A Baseball Hall of Fame ballot discussion with Jonah Keri.

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.”