Morning Skate: Friday, November 23, 2012


Morning Skate: Friday, November 23, 2012

Don Cherry pens a column for the Toronto Star and tells the players to smarten up and stop badmouthing the NHL side during CBA negotiations. Id have to say I agree with Grapes on this one.

Kevin Allen from USA Today goes through some key questions and answers at this point in the NHL lockout process.

Good piece by Michael Grange on the decertification process, and how breaking up the NHLPA group could effect the lockout in a positive way.

Interesting radio interview with Elliotte Friedman in Calgary where he hears there were a good number of NHL owners that liked much of what they heard in the last NHLPA proposal.

Rangers center Brad Richards taking a lead role in providing relief for the Hurricane Sandy victims in New York City.

Ryan Miller has reached the end of his rope when it comes to the NHL lockout, and that means endorsing the idea of decertifying the NHLPA as a way to create leverage for the players.

Habs owner Geoff Molson runs into a few Canadiens players during an event in Montreal, but mostly keeps mum about his NHL lockout opinions.

For something completely different: I defy you to not be entertained by the All-Star Bowling Trick Shots at Funny or Die.

Chris Hogan, David Andrews, Marcus Cannon miss full week of practice


Chris Hogan, David Andrews, Marcus Cannon miss full week of practice

FOXBORO — It's safe to say Chris Hogan, David Andrews and Marcus Cannon won't play Sunday against the Dolphins.:


The trio was not on the field for the media portion of Friday’s practice, completing a week in which the three did not practice at all. Hogan has been out with a shoulder injury, while Andrews missed last week’s win over the Raiders due to illness and Cannon has been dealing with an ankle injury. 

Martellus Bennett was also absent, making it two straight days in which he did not take the field. Bennett, who was released by Green Bay this season amid questions of whether he would undergo surgery, is listed on the injury report with shoulder and hamstring issues. 



Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear


Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while anticpating the turkey leftovers, ready for the taking.
-- NHL referee Wes McCauley is at it again, this time going with a fun no-goal call after having some trouble with his microphone.
-- After getting humbled on Opening Night by the Bruins, the Nashville Predators are starting to get on a roll.

-- NBC Pro Hockey Talk has Kyle Turris excelling for the Predators, and Matt Duchene very much still stuck in neutral for the Ottawa Senators.

-- NHL stars go through their favorite traditions, and what they enjoy is a game that’s full of routine, superstition and tradition.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro says “it looks rotten” with the Edmonton Oilers as they continue to struggle out of the starting gate.
-- Larry Brooks goes through an all-time ranking of the general managers for the New York Rangers, and it’s an illustrious list.

-- The Vegas Golden Knights could make the playoffs in their very first season, and are absolutely far ahead of expectations for a new expansion team.
-- For something completely different: Wild turkeys are making a major comeback in Massachusetts after being all but extinct here.