Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 31


Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 31

It looks like Tyler Seguin made quite the impression withthe fans and media in Switzerlandafter finishing with 40 points in 29 games for HC Biel. That gets him a nice thankyou note on the teams Facebook page.

Marc Spector says that now, finally, the NHL and the NHLPAstart doing the dance of negotiations. Its something that should have starteda long, long time ago.

A good update of where things currently stand via RogersSportsNet insiders like Nick Kypreos, John Shannon, Ian Mendes and MichaelGrange.

Don Cherry believes that NHL commissioner Gary Bettmanblinked in order to save the NHL season, and lets hope that blinking becomescontinued and rapid until a deal is struck between the two sides.

Former Bruins defenseman Jason York learns lessons beyondhockey while getting involved in youth hockey in the Ottawa area.

Elliotte Friedman previews the crucial next step for theNHLPA, who will make a counter-offer on Monday that should be a very importantstep in the negotiating process.

Bruce Arthur says that the NHL must deal with Donald Fehrif they want to have a shortened 2013 season. This is true, and it would havebeen nice if the league came to this realization much, much sooner.

For something completely different: the first annual CSN punt,pass and kick competition with Michael Felger, Gary Tanguay, Tom E. Curran andmyself. Real comedy hi-jinks going on there.

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.


Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be.