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Morning Skate: Thursday, January 3

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Morning Skate: Thursday, January 3

 Many including this writer gave Eklund credit for breaking word of the new NHL offer thats rekindled talks, but some of the Cult of Hockey guys at the Edmonton Journal think hes the kind of Internet creation that shouldn't be lauded for getting it right every once in a while. Its an interesting and fair argument.

 

 Bruce Dowbiggin says that the NHL owners have only themselves to blame for unifying their players against them. Its extremely hard to argue that premise.

 

 Good Ron Borges piece on Shawn Thornton continuing to stay busy and stay in shape while waiting for the NHL lockout to end.

 

 Some video evidence, courtesy of Puck Daddy, of Tyler Seguin dominating Switzerland during his time with HC Biel.

 

 A legitimate question: if the Toronto Maple Leafs are such an NHL cash cow, why arent they wielding much more influence within the Board of Governors?

 

 Nick Cotsonika says that the NHL lockout stare down is all about timing, and thats completely true. This has been about a 48-game regular season starting Jan. 19 for a long time, and it continues to be.

 

 For something completely different: a great, thought-provoking column from Philadelphia Flyers scout and You Can Play President Patrick Burke on Torii Hunters comments putting any potential gay teammates in a negative light.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.