Morning Skate: Thursday, January 26

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Morning Skate: Thursday, January 26

The NHL players have only three players in Business Weeks Power 100 of marketable athletes, and Tim Thomas is one of them at No. 86. The magazine has an article that explores why more hockey players arent among the top 100.

Zdeno Chara is keeping his first choice a secret for tonights NHL All-Star Draft in Ottawa. Wouldnt it be a great gesture of support if Chara selects Tim Thomas with his first choice?

My favorite part about the story of Thunderbug getting canned by the Tampa Bay Lightning? Its not the first time the woman in the costume has been relieved of her mascot duties.

Lance Hornby from the Toronto Sun says that Jonas Gustavsson is the man for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kevin Allen of USA Today says that Thursday nights draft is the best part of All-Star weekend, and hes probably correct.

Former Bruins player Craig MacTavish says that hes back in his happy place coaching Vancouvers AHL team, and removing himself from a role as TV analyst job.

For something completely different: I need to link any article where somebody uses a Dylan McKay quote from Beverly Hills 90210 to express a point about Lebron James.

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.