Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 5


Morning Skate: Wednesday, Dec. 5

One of the underreported things that might have also contributed to Tuesdays progress: brilliant NHL COO John Collins was considering leaving the league if the lockout continued much longer.
Dustin Penner (right) spends his free time interning on Conan OBriens late night show, and manages to inflict violence on everybody.

Sidney Crosby and Ron Burkle are front-and-center at the Tuesday CBA meeting between owners and players that might have been a breakthrough. Give the Penguins credit for putting a plan into action.

Mike Ilitch presents a plan for a new 650 million arena in downtown Detroit. Say it aint so, Joe Louis Arena.

The Winnipeg Sun imagines what the conversation was like once the Tuesday meeting got underway between the six owners and 18 players.

Craig Custance with a good piece on decertification, and how its truly no easy route for the NHLPA should things go horribly wrong. This is true, but its also no easy route for the NHL as well and therein lies the value.

Important piece from reporter James Murphy about NHL pensions for retired players, and their role within the current CBA negotiations.
The Provinces Tony Gallagher says that its time for Gary Bettman to reel in his catch and let the NHL Board of Governors know how good the deal will end up being. Probably not as good as they planned, but something they certainly should be able to live with provided they start the NHL season soon.
For something completely different, Mark Wahlberg wants to fight Tie Domi. No Im not kidding.

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Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

After eight playoff-less seasons with the Rams, Chris Long came to his father's hometown town -- the Patriots -- in 2016 with one goal: To win a championship. And he did, even though he wasn't an every-down player for the first time in his career.

Now his goal is to play regularly again. So he's headed to the city where his father played collegiately -- Philadelphia -- to try and make that happen.

Long, 32, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long (a Charlestown native and Villanova product), signed a two-year contract with the Eagles Tuesday:

CSN Philly reports that Long isn't guaranteed a starting job on the Eagles' defensive line, but will be a valuable addition in any case:

The Eagles had a definite need -- and likely still do -- at defense end following the departure of Connor Barwin. . . . This signing doesn't mean Long will come in and start. The Eagles still have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry under contract. But, at the very least, this is a depth signing to bring in a veteran locker room presence, like the one they lost when Barwin left.

Long had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.