Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 2

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 2

Could an NHL memo sent to off-ice officials be a harbinger that the NHL lockout is mercifully about to end?

The San Jose Mercury News catches up with former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent and polls him for opinions about what the NHL should now do.

The Edmonton Journal says that Taylor Hall has never looked better than he does right now at the AHL level in Oklahoma City. Okay, but it would make Edmonton fans happier if they could say that at the NHL level.

A solid image from our friends in Nashville: Kostitsyn and Radulov as the Butabi Brothers from Night at the Roxbury.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to dominate for Team Canada at the World Juniors and has his eyes set on lockout gold.

It would appear that the approach of Gary Bettman and the NHL negotiating team has changed in recent days. Isnt that interesting?

For something completely different: Ive never seen a more unmitigated media project than the Red Sox beat writers' attempt to rehab John Lackeys image. The man has done a lot more than just saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Mark my words: this Lackey thing in Boston will end badly as it probably should have never happened in the first place.

Red Sox claim RHP Doug Fister off waivers, sign INF Jhonny Peralta

Red Sox claim RHP Doug Fister off waivers, sign INF Jhonny Peralta

 

BOSTON — They have the right idea, if not yet the right personnel.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has brought on a pair of former Tigers in an effort to help the Red Sox’ depth.

It’s hard to expect much from righty Doug Fister — who mostly throws in the 80s these days and is to start Sunday — or from Jhonny Peralta, who’s going to play some third base at Triple-A Pawtucket. Fister was claimed off waivers from the Angels, who coincidentally started a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. Peralta, meanwhile, was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal.

Neither may prove much help. Fister could move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Sox hope E-Rod is back in time for the All-Star break.

That’s assuming Fister is pitching well enough that the Sox want to keep him.

But at least the Sox are being proactive looking for help, and it’s not like either Peralta or Fister is high-risk.

Fister, 33, threw 180 1/3 innings last year with the Astros, posting a 4.64 ERA. He hasn’t been in the big leagues yet this season.

Said one American League talent evaluator earlier this year about Fister’s 2016: “Had a nice first half. Then struggled vs. left-handed hitters and with finishing hitters. No real putaway pitch. Has ability to pitch around the zone, reliable dude.”