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Morning Skate: Willie O'Ree still waiting for call to the Hall

Morning Skate: Willie O'Ree still waiting for call to the Hall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while tee-ball coaching season is officially over.  

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston says that the NHL trade floodgates will soon come flying open, and it stands to reason that the John Tavares decision is going to kick off a lot of movement in other players given the number of teams involved.

*Meanwhile the Winnipeg Jets are approaching a Paul Stastny problem where the impending free agent is set to scoop up seconds behind Tavares provided the Jets can’t find a way to keep him. Pro Hockey Talk has the details.

*Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has agreed to a big money deal to stay with the Caps for the long term.

*The Philadelphia Flyers released a statement to announce their return to a Donald Trump-owned golf course for their charity event.

*Former Bruins trailblazer Willie O’Ree is hoping for a call from the Hockey Hall of Fame this week in the builder category, and we’re all hoping he gets the long-deserved honor as well after breaking the NHL’s color barrier with the Black and Gold.

*For something completely different: You’ll never guess how much Han Solo’s blaster from Return of the Jedi sold for.


Bruins open home season with a day game against Ottawa

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Bruins open home season with a day game against Ottawa

The Bruins normally start the home portion of their schedule with a festive Opening Night celebration. But not this year.

This year, it'll be an Opening Day ceremony.

The Columbus Day matinee makes it a rare day opener for the B's. But they'll have had a normal Opening Night before that, and what a night it figures to be:

(The Caps say Banner 'Day' since they'll be raising their Stanley Cup championship flag, but since Oct. 3 is a Wednesday -- and since this is opening game of the entire NHL schedule -- the assumption is it'll be played at night.)

The NHL will release the full schedule tomorrow, but teams are being allowed to Tweet out the dates of their home openers. So, in addition to the season opener in Washington and the home opener against the Senators, we know two other game dates for the Bruins:

And tomorrow, we'll know the whole thing.

Morning Skate: Hoffman-Karlsson saga gets ugly for Senators

Morning Skate: Hoffman-Karlsson saga gets ugly for Senators

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while fully appreciating that Chris Sale got his money’s worth.  

*What an ugly situation that continues to play out in Ottawa as Mike Hoffman is most definitely on the trade block as the Senators try to clear up a situation where it seems either Hoffman or Erik Karlsson need a change of scenery. Clearly they’ve got to hope that shipping off Hoffman would persuade Karlsson to sign an extension with them. I just wonder what team would want him after this entire situation has gone public with the alleged cyber-bullying, but FOH Bruce Garrioch says there are NHL teams out there that would still have interest in him.

*Pro Hockey Talk has six players that should stay put this summer, including defenseman Oskar Klefbom in Edmonton after he’s been linked in trade rumors with the Bruins.

*Thank goodness T.J. Oshie has confirmed that Alex Ovechkin has actually shared the Stanley Cup with his Capitals teammates. We were wondering given all of the footage from the last week.

*Cool story on veteran goalie Mike McKenna, who has paid his dues to the point where it could lead to an AHL championship.

*Are the Washington Capitals going to deal away Philipp Grubauer this offseason? They certainly might as it appears he wants to take a run at being a No. 1 goalie, and it isn’t going to come with the Capitals after Braden Holtby’s Cup-winning body of work.

*Slava Voynov is trying to get back into the NHL after some disturbing allegations of domestic violence. Clearly he’s a talented player, but the real question is whether somebody with that in their past deserves a second or third strike in their NHL career.

*Great idea for a Massachusetts high school showcase going on this weekend at Walter Brown Arena where local players will get a look from NHL scouts.

*For something completely different: This footage of a 6-foot-10 12-year-old in a youth basketball game is ridiculous.