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.

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

BOSTON — We know that Red Sox manager John Farrell did something wrong. In the absence of any sort of formal announcement otherwise, we’re left to assume the umpires did everything properly — but there’s room for MLB to make that clearer.

If the NBA can put out Last 2 Minute reports, why can’t MLB provide more regular explanations or reviews of contested calls?

Farrell on Tuesday said he’d like to see more public accountability in the umpiring realm, hours before the manager was to sit out Game No. 77. Farrell was suspended one game for making contact with crew chief Bill Miller on Saturday night as manager and umpire rained spittle on each other over a balk call that went against the Sox.

Well, was it a balk or not? Did Miller do anything wrong as well?

“I don’t know if there was anything levied on the other side,” Farrell said. “I don’t know that.”

But would he like such matters to always be public?

“I think there have been strides made in that way,” Farrell said. “I guess I would. I think everyone in uniform would prefer that to be made public. Whether or not that happens, I don’t know, but that would be a choice I would make.”

The league has a thorough internal review system. But it is just that: internal. Most of the time, any way.

On most every night at Fenway Park, there is someone on hand watching just the umpires and reviewing them.

MLB, to its credit, has announced suspensions for umpires in the past. The league has made public acknowledgments when calls have been made incorrectly. More of that seems viable — even if it’s an announcement to reaffirm that the call was made and handled properly, and here are the reasons why.

“I haven’t received any further determination or review of what transpired,” Farrell said. “My position, my stance, remains steadfast. I still firmly believe that time was called [before the balk call was made]. I wasn’t arguing the balk. I was arguing the timing of it. As I reiterated today to those that I spoke with, I still stand by my side of the argument. Unfortunately, there was contact made.”