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Celebrity NHL fans speak out on lockout

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Celebrity NHL fans speak out on lockout

The lockout is approaching an entire month lost to CBA negotiations, and this week represents a big milestone as the NHL regular season was expected to kick off this weekend.

The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to speak this week, and thats an encouraging sign. But both sides are also stuck at an impasse over core economic issues as the NHL wont entertain further negotiations until the players agree to some form of cuts from last years 1.87 billion slice of the Hockey Revenue pie.

It doesnt appear there will be progress until the NHL shows some bend so instead the AHL is set to debut this weekend and college hockey kicked off last weekend as New England's hockey placeholders in the NHLs absence.

The NHL has ticked off some fans with another work stoppage so soon after an entire year was lost to the 2004-05 labor war, and theyve pounded Gary Bettman and the NHL owners with impunity on social media avenues like Twitter and Facebook.

The most notably upset fans? The celebrities, of course.

The NHL loves to trot out their celebrity fans during the regular season and they get a spotlight during the Stanley Cup Finals while rooting for their favorite team. But the puck love of celebrities can be a double-edged sword, and many of those same familiar faces have taken to Twitter to express their displeasure with the NHL over the last few weeks.

Heres a sampling of those tweets while admitting that none of these celebrities exactly qualify as A-list, but theyre all superstars when it comes to the Twitter word:

The Iron Sheik: Famous WWF wrestler and bon vivant
NHL deserve german suplex and camel clutch The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) September 16, 2012

Wil Wheaton: Played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek and was in the classic movie Stand By Me
I turned on NHL13, and Gary Bettman came on my screen telling me the entire game is locked DLC. I offered to pay, but he wanted 57 more. Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 30, 2012

Dave Coulier: Joey on Full House, with many smartly suggesting he should have told the NHL to cut it out
Hey @nhl you're not just locking out the players, but all the fans and workers as well. Dave Coulier (@DaveCoulier) September 17, 2012

Colin Hanks: Actor, son of Tom Hanks and big Los Angeles Kings fans

(12) Bummed that more NHL games have been cancelled due to lock out. But the little thought of fact that really stings? Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) October 5, 2012

(22) This NHL lockout also means no billboard campaign this year with images of the LAKINGS holding the STANLEY CUP over their heads Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) October 5, 2012

On one level, the anger and frustration is a good sign, but what has to concern the NHL is that so many other fans are turning the page and moving on without hockey. Theres a kind of indifference and a lockout-weariness that appears to be setting in with a fan base thats been left at the altar one too many times. Once games are missed and that really begins to catch hold, then anger turns into apathy, and the NHL will truly be killing a golden goose that poured 3.3 billion into their coffers last season.

Thats got to be a scary thought for the guy named Bettman thats pulling the levers and pushing all the buttons behind the curtain right now.

Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

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Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.

*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.

*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.

*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.

*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season

*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.

*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.

*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.


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Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury

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Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari was in and out of the Bruins lineup in the Monday afternoon loss to the Dallas Stars with an upper-body injury and the fourth-line grinder was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday as well. 

Acciari has been able to stay healthy the past few months while helping to establish Boston’s fourth line and has added to his hard-hitting style of play with six goals in 28 games this season.

But there's been a litany of injuries the past few seasons given the physical pounding the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder takes given his rugged style of play. This current injury limited him to just 6:05 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Stars. Still, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was optimistic that Acciari would be able to suit up against the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Claude Julien’s return to TD Garden.

“Jake DeBrusk was under the weather and so was Kevan Miller, so they stayed home,” said Cassidy of Acciari, who has missed 14 games this season mainly due to a broken finger suffered blocking a shot on opening night. “Noel Acciari has a bit of an upper-body injury and it affected his minutes [Monday vs. Dallas]. He’s kind of day-to-day. I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on [Wednesday] morning.”

Both DeBrusk and Miller are expected to be fine to play against the Habs in their rematch from last weekend this time on Boston's home ice. Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the players that were on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Krejci-Spooner

Heinen-Nash-Backes

Schaller-Kuraly-Vatrano

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Miller

Postma-McQuaid

 

Rask

Khudobin

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