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Morning Skate: Orr cup goal still greatest ever, according to Gretzky

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Morning Skate: Orr cup goal still greatest ever, according to Gretzky

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing you a very, merry Christmas.

*Wayne Gretzky still sees Bobby Orr’s leaping game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final as the NHL’s greatest moment, as he should.

*Interesting piece on New England native and Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Brian Dumoulin’s lifelong interest in cooking, good food and restaurants he can hit up while on the road.

*Things are not very merry for the Ottawa Senators and their owner Eugene Melnyk as things continue to get bogged down in low attendance, vague threats and an arena situation that probably needs to be fixed before it’s going to get better for that franchise.

*For the vast majority of Vegas Golden Knights players, they asked for hockey-related gifts when it came time to make a list for Santa Claus.

*The New York Rangers will need to start considering their Ryan McDonagh options as they ponder the long range future of their franchise.

*Pro Hockey Talk asks the million dollar question: Are the Edmonton Oilers finally beginning to come around in the Western Conference.

*Alex Burmistrov is apparently retiring, according to his agent. I’ll remember him best for throwing a cheap shot at Patrice Bergeron at the beginning of last season, and as a player you could always count on to quickly turn his back on an opponent when a hit was coming close to the boards. Not a player many are going to miss if he’s truly done.

*For something completely different: Yup, that’s right…Glen Campbell and Cher actually did a Jingle Bells duet at one point.

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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.

 

Morning Skate: Derek Sanderson's remarkable second act

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Morning Skate: Derek Sanderson's remarkable second act

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while everybody is working for the weekend.

*I am always a sucker for an article about Bruins legend and charismatic raconteur Derek Sanderson, so here it is this time from Dan Robson about his turnaround in the game of life. Sanderson’s ability to beat back his demons and have a great second act in life is one of the all-time good hockey stories of redemption and perseverance.

*It certainly looks like Andreas Athanasiou is preparing for life without the NHL and the Detroit Red Wings. NBCSports.com's Pro Hockey Talk has the details.

*Can Connor McDavid score 100 goals in a single season and break Wayne Gretzky’s long-standing record? That’s what Jaromir Jagr thinks.

*The Rangers had some bright spots from their opening night effort, and much of it centered around their young forwards.

*It’s been eight years since the Carolina Hurricanes have made the playoffs, but they are the trendy pick to get back into the postseason mix this spring.

*For something completely different: Great piece from Joon Lee about former Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland and his life since he had to retire from baseball due to surgeries to repair malformation of the blood vessels in his brain.