Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 13

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Rats in a wet paper bag. Michael Grange paints an interesting picture of the two parties at the center of the NHL CBA dispute.

Good feature on Providence Bruins bruiser Bobby Robins and his long trip back to the AHL and the Bruins organization.

The youngest Subban brother, Jordan, is the subject of this Buzzing the Net profile on up-and-coming CHL players eligible for the draft.

Nick Cotsonika from Yahoo! Sports laments that the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony was overshadowed by the NHL lockout proceedings.

The transcription of Toronto Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregors acceptance speech at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He also got in a nice dig at the lockout as the Elmer Ferguson honoree.

Interesting piece by Kevin Paul DuPont tracking down Mark Recchi, who says that the players need to start thinking about making a deal before things get worse in the CBA discussion. The counter-argument is that the NHLPA has continuously managed to get the NHL to negotiate against itself by continuing to hold their ground. I fully believe Steve Fehr when he says that the NHL has a date in mind to start the season, and were not quire there yet. Cant make a deal if one party isnt ready to start dancing quite yet, and the continued beating of the dead horse with the Paul Kelly situation is getting to be a little much. The reason Kelly was ousted from the NHLPA is because the players didnt feel he was going to get them the best deal possible, and Id have to say I agree with them in this case.

Pennsylvania high school rinks are being ordered to skip the National Anthem to save some money. How ridiculous is this immediately after Veterans Day? Some things are worth a lot more than a few bucks, and the Star-Spangled Banner is one of them.

For something completely different: a number of teams are lining up for Kevin Youkilis services, and the Red Sox dont appear to be one of them.

McCourty tweets criticism of Trump's shot at NFL players

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McCourty tweets criticism of Trump's shot at NFL players

Patriots safety Devin McCourty tweeted criticism of President Donald Trump's harsh words toward NFL players who have been kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

McCourty shares a Twitter account with his twin brother Jason of the Cleveland Browns but put his DMac signature on this tweet. Devin McCourty was one of several Pats who didn't go to the White House this past spring to celebrate the team's Super Bowl championship with Trump. 

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he’s encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally to loud applause.

McCourty and then teammate Martellus Bennett raised clenched fists in protest after the anthem at the Patriots opening game last season and McCourty said he received plenty of criticism for it. 

“I got a lot of [backlash],” McCourty told CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran last year in the days following that protest. "You gotta remember, a lot of these people, they don’t know me. They like the way I play football and they like some of the things I do in the community but they don’t know me. I talked to my brother [then with the Tennessee Titans] because we have the same Twitter and the Titans got a bunch of calls from people saying they don’t respect [the Titans who made symbolic gestures] and they need to be gone. He said their community relations people said, ‘If you just knew them, your opinion would change.’ ”

Several NFL players and other athletes, most prominently former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have refused to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of African-Americans by police.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.