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Morning Skate: Force is strong with these P-Bruins Star Wars jerseys

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Providence Bruins

Morning Skate: Force is strong with these P-Bruins Star Wars jerseys

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having gone through just about all of March without feeling any madness whatsoever.

*The Providence Bruins have their Star Wars jerseys up for sale with the proceeds all going to charity, and it’s the perfect items for those that are both Bruins fans and Star Wars fans!

*While I can appreciate a thoughtful essay on why Connor McDavid should be on the Hart Trophy ballot, I’m a hard “no” on this one. I just can’t reward an NHL that’s one of the most disappointing in recent memory given their talent, and what they did last season. Sorry, I just can’t reward anybody that was smack dab in the middle of that mess.

*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Russo about the NHL Department of Player Safety and the hard work and dedicated people that work together on a nightly basis to develop consistency and proper discipline when players step over the line. They catch a lot of flak from all sides, but there’s always a lot of thought behind every single decision.

*There will be no Cinderella run for the Boston University men’s hockey team as they fell to Michigan last weekend in the first round of the Frozen Four tournament.

*The Winnipeg Jets are built for success in the playoffs and this could be the season they really do some damage.

*Speaking of the Jets, this is a pretty cool moment after this weekend’s game with Bryan Little bringing a young fan to tears after giving him his stick in the postgame Three Stars announcement.

*Patrick Marleau gave his son an extra special birthday gift at Maple Leafs practice involving his own favorite player.

*For something completely different: Finally some details are coming out on "Stranger Things" Season 3 and it sounds like more goodness.

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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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