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.
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BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.
Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.
That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.
“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”
In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:
K. Miller-C. Miller