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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.

Morning Skate: The Caps have challenged the Sox in their title celebration

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Morning Skate: The Caps have challenged the Sox in their title celebration

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the World Series champion Red Sox get their deserved day in the sun.

*So one member of the Washington Capitals is challenging the Red Sox to match their complete debauchery celebrating the Stanley Cup last summer. Try as they might, I don’t see a bunch of baseball players holding a candle to what the Capitals did in Washington for a couple week period.

*Want a great hockey Halloween costume? This young Blackhawks fan has the best of them all.

*Plenty of debate about the post-win celebration that the Carolina Hurricanes engage in, and whether it’s good or bad for hockey. Anything that the Canes can do to energize their fans and bring some energy to that franchise is okay with me.

*Do we really care about Mark Borowiecki being confused after he drilled a guy in the head immediately after serving a suspension for elbowing Urho Vaakanainen, who still remains out with a concussion by the way?

*Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen is taking the NHL by storm amidst a top Avalanche line that is dominating other teams.

*The details of the “Stronger than Hate” patches that the Pittsburgh Penguins wore after the synagogue tragedy is a strong story from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rob Rossi.

*For something completely different: Here are my line combinations for Halloween candy on this most favorite of holidays. Have a safe and fun Halloween, everybody!

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Morning Skate: Is it time for the Bruins to regret giving up on Colin Miller?

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Morning Skate: Is it time for the Bruins to regret giving up on Colin Miller?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while preparing for some late night Bruins hockey this week.

*So now Colin Miller is a top pairing D-man for the Vegas Golden Knights, and it sure looks like he’s effective at least from a fancy stats perspective. This was always the danger in making a talented young D-man like Miller available in the expansion draft, and instead protecting a limited stay-at-home guy like Kevan Miller. Is it okay to second guess the Bruins on this one? I definitely think so, but the Bruins also knew that McAvoy was going to be their top guy and that Brandon Carlo was going to be their top-4 shutdown guy with Miller as the perfect bottom pairing D-man. Could you have traded Carlo, kept Miller and then simply found a stay-at-home guy for the left side kind of line John Moore is now after signing him for five years? Sure they could have. That’s where the regret and the lament come into play after watching him blossom into a very effective player in Vegas.

*Elias Pettersson is the latest example of the NHL’s failure to protect their star players from concussion-type injuries.

*Lars Eller is kind of turning into a bit of a punk. He was the guy that celebrated in front of the Bruins bench on opening night causing a reaction from Brad Marchand, and now he’s talking smack about Toronto’s top players.

*The Rangers are at least in the “win” column now, but it still looks like they are a long way away from anything but a rebuild.

*It’s just a matter of time for Sidney Crosby to get going offensively after a slow start with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

*For something completely different: Could the Avengers 4 trailer be coming soon? I certainly hope so. I also still hope it’s called Avengers 4: End Game.

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