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Morning Skate: 100 reasons to love the NHL at 100

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Morning Skate: 100 reasons to love the NHL at 100

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while "The Last Jedi" is officially open for business.

*In honor of the 100th anniversary of the NHL, here are 100 reasons to love the league, its players and its storied history. I’ll give you one reason: Bobby Freakin’ Orr.

*It looks like Milan Lucic is becoming a good fit on a line with Connor McDavid out in Edmonton, something that I think the Oil envisioned when they originally signed him.

*A nice piece on the lasting friendship between Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury even after they’re no longer goalie tandem partners in Pittsburgh. A couple of Stanley Cups will do that for a goalie duo.

*They say that there’s no dancing in hockey, and there’s this ECHL player that is getting his groove on during pregame warm-ups.

*It sounds like Anthony Duclair is attempting to adapt and evolve his game with the Arizona Coyotes after fighting through the trade rumors.

*For something completely different: Speaking of the release of the new "Star Wars" movie, here is the first reaction from fans.


 

Morning Skate: Carey Price is back to being himself, giving Habs confidence

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Morning Skate: Carey Price is back to being himself, giving Habs confidence

Nashville - Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading because the Patriots aren't on any TVs here in Nashville. Damn.

*You think you’ve had a tough day? At least you didn’t score on your own goal, then have Nazem Kadri laughing at you right to your face. Ouch, Kris Russell.

*Steve Simmons says that part of the trick in the NHL today is to find an “A” defenseman to build your team around, and that maybe Morgan Rielly is an A- defenseman that can be at the level of, say, a PK Subban. I’ve seen Rielly, and all due respect but he’s not that guy. I don’t think the Toronto Maple Leafs currently have that guy within their ranks, and that is part of the issue with an up-and-coming Maple Leafs club. Simmons also references the aging Zdeno Chara no longer being an “A” guy in Boston, but he isn’t going to need to be much longer with Charlie McAvoy continuing to look polished and poised beyond his years, and absolutely “A” defenseman material, as a rookie.

*Nathan MacKinnon has really turned it on with the Colorado Avalanche ever since the Matt Duchene trade, and continues to reclaim his game with that powerful skating stride.  

*Connor McDavid and Mike Smith are friends when they work out together in Toronto in the offseason, but they’re enemies during the War of Alberta.

*Interesting news from Pro Hockey Talk out of the KHL where Mike Keenan is out with the Kunlun Red Star as head coach/GM, and former Bruins player Bobby Carpenter has replaced him behind the bench on an interim basis.  

*Viktor Arvidsson delivering the engagement ring for a proposal right after a Nashville Predators game is unquestionably the video clip of the day

*Carey Price has played stellar hockey since coming back from his absence, and it’s allowing the Habs to play with confidence.

*For something completely different: Rolling Stone’s 50 best albums of 2017 just makes me feel really, really, really old.

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Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

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Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.

*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.

*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.

*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.  

*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.  

*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?

*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.