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Morning Skate: Is the Hurricanes' post-win celebration 'pee-wee garbage'?

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Morning Skate: Is the Hurricanes' post-win celebration 'pee-wee garbage'?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting yesterday’s Thanksgiving turkey.

-- Brian Burke stirred up the millennial hornet’s nest by calling the Carolina Hurricanes' post-win celebration a bunch of “pee-wee garbage” over the holiday. I actually don’t mind it that much, particularly in a non-traditional market like Carolina where it’s turning more fans onto their on-ice product. After all, they trade the pregame at Carolina’s arena like it’s a tailgate BBQ for a college football game, so why not bring more of the college atmosphere to the Hurricanes themselves. It’s certainly not hurting anybody. But the outrage over Burke’s comments is also a little bit of an overreach given that it’s supposed to be a professional league. I mean, he does kind of have a point.

-- Good piece for the Thanksgiving holiday about what the Minnesota Wild players are thankful for at this time of year.

-- Congratulations to #Hockeytwitter for getting their own emoji. Now if they could also be reasonable in their takes and reactions to all things hockey, we’d really be cooking.

-- The trials and tribulations continue for the Pittsburgh Penguinswith the news that Matt Murray is going to be out long term with a lower body injury.

-- On this day in NHL history, Bruins defenseman Eddie Shore set a record with five fighting majors in one game. That must have been hell of a Thanksgiving night leading to all that.

-- For something completely different: Not sure why this has appeared on twitter feed now, but I’ll always browse a top-10 list of Sopranos episodes.

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Is Oilers' GM Peter Chiarelli committing a crime against hockey?

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Is Oilers' GM Peter Chiarelli committing a crime against hockey?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while prepping the Thanksgiving turkey.

*So far it looks like the worm is turning in Edmonton where Barstool Sports of all places is calling what Peter Chiarelli has done to the Oilers “a crime against hockey.” I think that’s a little strong, but it’s tough to argue about the talent that’s gone in and out of there, and the Ryan Spooner trade this past week continues that trend. And I'm sure trading the reigning Hart Trophy champ to Jersey for Adam Larsson still stings a little up in Edmonton too. Just a little. 

*Cool stuff as the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators went above and beyond to make a 10-year-old Irish boy’s hockey dreams come true.

*Interesting look at why there aren’t more PED cases within the ranks of the NHL. Some of it is that PED usage isn’t as rampant IMHO, and some of it is that the testing really isn’t quite as comprehensive as it might be in some of the other leagues. That’s just my opinion anyway.

*Fun little video here of fired Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville enjoying his time as an unemployed hockey coach while doing shots prior to the Chicago Bears game.

*For something completely different: Hey look it’s another true crime podcast to add to the wood pile.

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Morning Skate: Is the NHL becoming boring?

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Morning Skate: Is the NHL becoming boring?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while acknowledging a job well done to my kids for scouring for Peanut Butter Cups while trick-or-treating last night.

-- Interesting thoughts from Canadian actor/writer/director Jay Baruchel, who is the force behind the Goon movies, on the NHL being “boring” right now. While I think the NHL is pretty exciting with the young stars and the scoring most definitely up, I also would like to see a little more of the old school rough stuff while also completely understanding that the concussion issue makes that's a complicated sell. 

-- Could PK Subban be the most important player in the NHL given his ability, his charisma and his ability to transcend hockey? He could very well be.

-- Brian Boyle’s wife, Lauren, is becoming a Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassador in light of her husband’s courageous battle with cancer.

-- Why does Alex Ovechkin’s one-timer continue to be impossible to stop after all these years? There are multiple reasons, but it boils down to Ovie being a truly lethal, accurate shooter from his spots on the ice.

-- I had no idea what “Shotgun Jake” was in Vancouver, but I took great job in watching FOH’s (Friends of Haggs) Jason Brough and Mike Halford shot-gunning beers in connection to this yesterday.

-- For something completely different: If you’ve missed the sights and sounds of the Red Sox victory parade, it’s all right here for you. You’ll want to check this out.