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Morning Skate: Gionta ready for Captain America role at Olympics

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Morning Skate: Gionta ready for Captain America role at Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting hyped up for the opening of "Black Panther".

*Brian Gionta is ready to take on his role as Captain America, the veteran, grizzled leader of Team USA as they head off to South Korea intent on winning a gold medal.

*Alex Burrows has been suspended for 10 games by the NHL for his cowardly, weak sauce move kneeing Taylor Hall in the head as the two players were down on the ice. You go after a star player and you pull some crap like that? Yeah, you’re going away for a while and the NHL was completely in the right to throw the book at a guy who also bit Patrice Bergeron in the Stanley Cup Final.

*Here’s a list of 12 general managers under pressure ahead of the trade deadline, a list that includes both Peter Chiarelli and Marc Bergevin…but absolutely does not include Bruins GM Don Sweeney riding a big wave with the Black and Gold. They have the assets, they have one of the best teams in hockey and they have plenty of leverage going into a deadline where they can do as much, or as little, as they want given how they’ve played.

*Speaking of the Bruins, Zdeno Chara spoke about his team “pushing to be better” after the B's and Rangers were featured on Rivalry Night on NBCSN.

*Old Home Week continues for PK Subban as he visited the Toronto Maple Leafs and is headed for a return to his old home city of Montreal where the Habs have become a dumpster fire this season.

*For something completely different: Donald Glover opens up about playing the coolest dude in the Star Wars galaxy, Lando Calrissian.

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Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

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Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not at all minding a Tampa/Vegas Stanley Cup Final, though I think Winnipeg still has a few cards up their sleeve to play.

*Boston University head hockey coach Dave Quinn will be the latest to jump from the college ranks to the NHL ranks as he’s headed to New York as the Rangers head coach. A tough call for Quinn, who could have stayed at BU as a lifetime gig, but the presence of people like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury and the high-profile nature of the Rangers gig certainly must have made it too difficult to pass up. 

*Marian Hossa is sadly calling it a hockey career after a skin condition sidelined him a couple of years ago, and will be joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization. 

*Interesting Q&A with Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee about the Stanley Cup dreams in Vegas, and what it’s been like to watch the organization grow this season. 

*A brand new coach’s corner with Don Cherry talking about the importance of goaltending at this time of year with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Andrei Vasilevskiy standing out right now. 

*Ryan Callahan has inspired the Tampa Bay Lightning with his courageous play this season, and has certainly been a difference-maker on the fourth line for the Bolts. 

*Wondering what’s going on with the Philadelphia Flyers? Here’s a mailbag to keep you up to date with it all. 

Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

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Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

Boston University hockey coach David Quinn has agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to become the New York Rangers coach, according to an ESPN report.

Quinn, 51, replaced college hockey legend Jack Parker at BU in 2013 and was 105-67-21 with the Terriers, reaching three NCAA regional finals with a runner-up finish for the national championship in 2015. Parker won 897 games in 40 years at BU, the third-most all-time and most for a coach at a single school.

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played at BU. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Bob McKenzie of TSN had each tweeted that Quinn was the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as Rangers coach. Vigneault was fired the day after the regular season ended. New York finished 34-39-9 and last in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Rangers traded away veterans, including winger Rick Nash to the Bruins, at the trade deadline as they fell out of the playoff race and will likely try to rebuild with younger players under Quinn.

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