Morning Skate: Thursday, November 29

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Morning Skate: Thursday, November 29

Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports comes to the rescue with a plan for federal mediators to help solve the NHL lockout. Its all nicely and neatly laid out as the mythic middle ground.

Joe Corvo says its like 2004 all over again with the feelings the players are having about the current lockout. Thats not what anybody is looking for as the work stoppage slowly rolls toward December. The Bruins are just

Michael Russo has the sad story of NHL goaltender Josh Harding being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and his determination to overcome adversity.
 

The NHL might be nearing a deal, but the Detroit News makes the argument that it wont be a lasting one. The potential 48-game season to start in January is something Ive heard as well, but it doesnt seem like even that is anywhere close to happening as the NHL and NHLPA continue to disagree with each other.

Claude Giroux is not concussed. That is the good news and CSNPhilly.com writer Tim Panaccio has the inside scoop on it.
 

Dave Stubbs has the first of a two-part interview with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban as he tries to remain busy during the NHL lockout. Subban has become a lighting rod for boos from Bruins fans because of the MontrealBoston rivalry, but its really difficult not to like the kid away from the ice.

Chris Johnston with an update on collective bargaining talks after the first day of separate federal mediation hearings with both sides.

For something completely different: Boston Magazine sits down for a Q&A with Boston Globe football writer Greg Bedard as he breaks down his weekly process of evaluating Patriots games. Its really interesting stuff.

Some Patriots kneel, others stand and link arms during national anthem

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Some Patriots kneel, others stand and link arms during national anthem

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took different approaches as the National Anthem played on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Many, including safety and captain Devin McCourty, took a knee. Others stood and linked arms. 

On the opposite sideline, it appeared as though every member of the Texans stood on the sidelines and linked arms. 

Those joining McCourty on a knee included Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Lawrence Guy, Johnson Bademosi, Alan Branch, Brandon King, Malcom Brown and rookies Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler. 

Among those linking arms were Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Cassius Marsh, Matthew Slater, David Harris and Dwayne Allen.

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