Morning Skate: Friday, Nov. 30


Morning Skate: Friday, Nov. 30

Michael Grange with an excellent column wondering aloud if Donald Fehr is doing exactly what his hero Marvin Miller would do in these CBA negotiations.

Former Bruins forward Tommy Fitzgerald is fitting in nicely as a member of the front office in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

Damien Cox offers his assessment after four years of Brian Burke running the Maple Leafs show up in Toronto.

An interesting report from Alan Maki about the significant underreporting of concussions that is rampant around the world of hockey.

What a paint job! Call Slimer and Ray Venkman for the Ghostbusters goalie masks complete with a Stay Puft Marshmallow man.

Only time will end the current NHL lockout as everybody rushes to the next step or strategic move from each side. The only question now is how much time this is all going to take.

Mike Smith speaks with Craig Custance and gives some interesting takes on the lockout: the most outspoken being that a removal of player contract rights will essentially turn them into puppets. And not the cutesy Pinocchio kind either.

Good work by colleague Danny Picard speaking with NHLPA player rep Kevin Westgarth for a good 30 minutes of lockout talk on his Im Just Sayin radio show.

For something completely different: Presidential Election It boy and former Baseball Prospectus genius Nate Silver sits in with Bill Simmons for a chat on the BS Report.

Backes and Bergeron return to Bruins practice, may be back in action soon


Backes and Bergeron return to Bruins practice, may be back in action soon

BRIGHTON -- It was good news when word first filtered out that David Backes had resumed skating last weekend while the Bruins were on the West Coast, and even better news Tuesday when he returned to practice. Backes skated without any restrictions in a spot on the third line with Riley Nash and Tim Schaller, and appeared to be recovering nicely from his bout of diverticulitis.

Backes was initially diagnosed with the inflammatory colon ailment in the first few days of October, with the team estimating a three- to four-week recovery period. If he'd needed surgery rather than the  prescribed rest and medication, he could have been facing a lot more missed games.

Patrice Bergeron was also back skating on Tuesday morning while centering Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork, still sporting a maroon no-contact jersey while taking some light contact during the practice session.

Backes and Bergeron look like they’ could be returning to the lineup soon.

But the injury news wasn't all good, as Ryan Spooner, Austin Czarnik, Danton Heinen and Adam McQuaid were all missing from practice.

Spooner (lower body) and McQuaid (lower body) were both injured in Sunday night’s loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, and Czarnik and/or Heinen might be ticketed back to Providence soon if the Bruins have to make roster space for Bergeron and/or Backes ahead of Thursday night’s home game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena with a whole different look to things with some of the different bodies taking part in the skate: