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.

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

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Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.  

 

Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Celtics fans aren’t the only ones thinking of ways Kyrie Irving could end up in Boston.

Even though it would be hard to imagine last season’s No. 2 seed in the East trading one of the best players in the league to last season’s No. 1 seed in the East, ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote Monday that the Celtics have indeed called the Cavs about the 25-year-old point guard. 

Wrote Lowe:

Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks -- Brooklyn's pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It's unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East's two best teams seems unlikely.

While nobody’s counting on Irving joining the Celtics, a trade of Irving elsewhere could still swing the balance in the East in Boston’s favor depending on what Cleveland gets back. Irving reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland earlier this month.