Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 27

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, Nov. 27

Ryan Lambert has What We Learned from the NHL for last week, and he thankfully asks if its time for the league to stop trying to pit the players against union leadership. It simply isnt going to work.

Massachusetts native Cory Schneider says theres a very real possibility that the NHLPA will opt to decertify as a union, according to the Pro Hockey Talk boys, and paints a picture of how the negotiations have been perceived from the player side of things.

Erik Gudbranson suffered a non-hockey related injury over the summer and comes clean about it with the Florida Panthers. So now hes rehabbing on his own and locked out just like everybody else.

Craig Custance from ESPN.com offers up some middle ground for each of the issues still at play for the NHL and the NHLPA. Unfortunately its not going to matter until the NHL starts offering to move toward the middle.

Pat Hickey from the Montreal Gazette offers some insight into the rich people that hold the NHLs fate in the palm of their hands.

A Fourth Period Magazine feature piece on the LA Kings ice crew: I must admit the opening picture instantly drew me into the story.

Good piece from Ken Campbell chastising the players for their public and social media outbursts against NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The personal shots and sniping back-and-forth isnt doing anybody any favors.

For something completely different: a review of Ray Lamontagnes show at the Orpheum last weekend.

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.

A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.

Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.

Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.

David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017. 

The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.

Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.

Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.

Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.