Morning Skate: Thursday, January 3

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Morning Skate: Thursday, January 3

 Many including this writer gave Eklund credit for breaking word of the new NHL offer thats rekindled talks, but some of the Cult of Hockey guys at the Edmonton Journal think hes the kind of Internet creation that shouldn't be lauded for getting it right every once in a while. Its an interesting and fair argument.

 

 Bruce Dowbiggin says that the NHL owners have only themselves to blame for unifying their players against them. Its extremely hard to argue that premise.

 

 Good Ron Borges piece on Shawn Thornton continuing to stay busy and stay in shape while waiting for the NHL lockout to end.

 

 Some video evidence, courtesy of Puck Daddy, of Tyler Seguin dominating Switzerland during his time with HC Biel.

 

 A legitimate question: if the Toronto Maple Leafs are such an NHL cash cow, why arent they wielding much more influence within the Board of Governors?

 

 Nick Cotsonika says that the NHL lockout stare down is all about timing, and thats completely true. This has been about a 48-game regular season starting Jan. 19 for a long time, and it continues to be.

 

 For something completely different: a great, thought-provoking column from Philadelphia Flyers scout and You Can Play President Patrick Burke on Torii Hunters comments putting any potential gay teammates in a negative light.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Schaller (lower body) has resumed skating, conditioning

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Schaller (lower body) has resumed skating, conditioning

BRIGHTON, Mass – With the Bruins relatively healthy at this point, they may be getting their roster back to full health sooner rather than later.

Tim Schaller has missed the last seven games after suffering a lower body injury crashing into the boards all the way back in a March 8 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The 26-year-old has resumed skating on his own before or after regular Bruins practice in the last couple of days, but hasn’t yet rejoined the group after missing the last two plus weeks.

Bruce Cassidy indicated that there’s no timetable for his return as Riley Nash and Dominic Moore have tried out different linemates including fellow Providence College hockey alum Noel Acciari.

“He has just begun to skate,” said Cassidy. “I don’t know how far out he is. He is just starting the process of going on the ice for the conditioning part. That’s his stage of recovery.”

Schaller has been a regular staple on the fourth line for the Bruins this season with seven goals and 14 points in 58 games. His size, occasional offense and energy have allowed the New Hampshire kid to be a pleasant surprise for the Black and Gold this season.