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Morning Skate: Ovechkin's support of Putin just part of the Ovi Package

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Morning Skate: Ovechkin's support of Putin just part of the Ovi Package

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing the NHL a happy 100th birthday over these last few days. You don’t look a day over 95, and I'm sticking with that.
 
-- Gabriel Landeskog is suspended for four games after throwing a cross-check at Matthew Tkachuk, who continues to really bother people with his actions on the ice.

-- Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden hops on Ottawa sports talk radio to talk about his new book on concussions in hockey, and how we can go about saving more lives.
 
-- Damien Cox says it’s always been complicated with Alex Ovechkin, and his vocal support of Vladimir Putin just adds to that complexity.
 
-- Chicago Blackhawks rookie Alex DeBrincat continues on a scoring rampage as a 19-year-old, and has a hat trick for the Blackhawks as one of the small-sized forwards that are now flourishing in the fast, skilled world of the NHL. In case you forget, this is the player that the Bruins bypassed to play it safe and draft big-bodied center Trent Frederic at the end of the first round in 2016. Frederic may yet turn into a solid player for the B’s, but a player like DeBrincat clearly has a chance to be special and could be helping the Bruins right now. He’s currently second in the NHL behind only Clayton Keller and Brock Boeser among NHL rookies with 10 goals on the season, and is pushing his way into the Calder Trophy conversation.
 
-- Speaking of the NHL Draft, here’s a new look at the 2015 NHL Draft with new grades for each of the 30 NHL teams.

-- For something completely different: In a world that’s become increasingly boorish and mean-spirited, perhaps a documentary on Mister Rogers is exactly what’s required right now. It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood, after all.

Morning Skate: Jagr still going, but not in the NHL

Morning Skate: Jagr still going, but not in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while welcoming Marcus Smart back into the fold. Good contract for a guy that’s probably worth more to the Celtics than he would be to just about anybody else.

*It looks like Jaromir Jagr will play some hockey next season, but it also looks like it won’t be in the NHL for the surefire Hall of Famer.

*A list of the greatest NHL players to wear each jersey number with a good idea who the choices would be for No. 77 and No. 4…at the very least. This is a good companion piece to the list that we just put out for the best Bruins player to wear each jersey number that the team ever issued.

*The cyberbullying case between Melina Karlsson and Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend continues with more legal filings as both sides attempt to find out the truth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has an entertaining, wide-ranging Q&A session with PK Subban about any number of topics involving the Nashville D-man.

*Da Beauty League is once again getting into full swing in Minnesota for many familiar NHL players looking to stay in skating shape.

*For something completely different: The 2018 TV season hasn’t been good for new hit shows in their second season.

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