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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 17

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 17

Michael Grange calls the NHL on its latest offer as still being crappy for the players, but its multi-layered crap with a hint toward something better in the future. Like most he feels much more confident that there will be hockey at some point this season.

The Lighthouse Hockey blog brings up Orwellian comparisons to some of the provisions made in the most recent NHL offer. Its definitely an interesting use of language that the players are particularly skeptical about.

The Leafs brass would be ready to move quickly ifwhen an NHL season is called to action.

Ben Kuzma likes the first step by the NHL owners, but knows there is a long way to go before its a done deal.

An intriguing interview with Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference about balancing fatherhood with playing in the NHL. Its not always an easy balancing act given the challenges inherent to being a professional athlete.

CBC rinkside reporter Elliotte Friedman talks about the NHL and the NHLPA entering the ZOPA in their labor negotiations.

Greg Wyshynski (aka the Puck Daddy) from Yahoo! Sports chats with Ken Fang on his weekly podcast covering the world of sports media.

Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz continues to quarrel with the city of Edmonton over a new arena thats badly needed in the hockey hotbed. It sounds like things arent going all that well.

Cory Schneider says the NHL offer was a good first step, but hes playing the waiting game right along with everybody else.

For something completely different: Proof that Quentin Tarantino played Elvis in an episode of Golden Girls. Ill by that for a dollar.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

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Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.

 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice:

Marchand-Schaller-Bjork

DeBrusk-White-Pastrnak

Agostino-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Vatrano

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McAvoy

Postma

 
Khudobin

McIntyre