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Morning Skate: Is the NHL playoff system broken?

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Morning Skate: Is the NHL playoff system broken?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while the Bruins are finally back in Boston.  

*Larry Brooks says that the NHL playoff system is broken as it continues to “pass off mediocrity as parity.” I don’t really agree that there’s a big problem, but it will be too bad that one of the Eastern Conference’s two best teams (Boston and Tampa Bay) will be done after the second round of the playoffs.

*A pretty cool gesture from the Montreal Canadiens as a group of them wore turtlenecks during warm-ups on Saturday night prior to playing Tomas Plekanec for the first timer as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

*Congrats to the Team USA Paralympics squad for capturing another Gold Medal for the Red, White and Blue. What a great story they are.   

*Evander Kane opens up about Winnipeg, his past on social media and hockey culture as he seems to have found a place where he’s comfortable in San Jose.

*The Carolina Hurricanes are suspending their GM search until the group of available candidates can widen in the offseason. That was probably always for the best.

*The New York Islanders are getting a little weird with things here late in the season as they’re taking a look at John Tavares on the wing. Hmmm. Seems like an odd move.

*For something completely different: A great return for Bill Hader to Saturday Night Live where he revisited a number of his best characters.

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Morning Skate: Eddie Olczyk battles back

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Morning Skate: Eddie Olczyk battles back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finding it hard to believe we’re into the first weekend in March. 

*A big round of stick salutes to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Eddie Olczyk, who shared his thoughts with the Chicago Sun-Times as he gets on the other side of his cancer battle. It’s awesome to hear that you’re doing well, Edzo!

*The goalie interference interpretation and review process continues to be a major source of confusion around the NHL.

*Check out these cool Star Wars jerseys that the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins will be wearing next weekend. They were designed by "Star Wars Rebels" show-runner Dave Filoni, who is clearly a big hockey fan in addition to being a Star Wars nut.

*It certainly feels like John Tavares is going to re-sign with the New York Islanders at some point in the future, but that time does not appear to be now.

*How about those Florida Panthers as they continue to win games, and push their way into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference?

*Interesting perspective on the situation with the Buffalo Sabres from FOH (Friend of Haggs) John Vogl, and what part of the problem is there.

*For something completely different: Disney has a slew of movies scheduled to come out over the next couple of years, but the new Star Wars movie isn’t among them.

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Morning Skate: Isles aren't dealing Tavares; Kessel's deep freeze

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Morning Skate: Isles aren't dealing Tavares; Kessel's deep freeze

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while counting down to Sunday.

*Video from Evgeni Malkin’s Twitter account of Phil Kessel in a cryogenic chamber? Isn’t this how "Captain America: The First Avenger" got started?

*In the interest of flagrant self-promotion, here I am previewing the Bruins/Maple Leafs weekend matchup with Leafs Lunch up in Canada and talking about how wide open the entire Eastern Conference is at this point.  

*According to the TSN Insider trading, the New York Islanders are not going to be trading John Tavares in his walk year.

*There are a lot of problems brewing with a struggling Buffalo Sabres team that’s breeding apathy in their home city.

*Good piece on retired center Mike Fisher, who has been called off the inactive list by a Nashville Predators team gearing up for another run.

*For something completely different: Alex Trebek goes into savage mode on three Jeopardy contestants that clearly know nothing about football.

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