Morning Skate: Canada and Russia brawl in Sochi

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Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while appreciating the NFL career of the big guy, Vince Wilfork. Nobody on the Boston sports scene will ever wear a pair of farmer overalls quite like Big Vince. 

 

*It’s a tradition like no other: A solid Canada/Russia line brawl in Sochi prior to the Olympic Games this winter. 

 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri wonders aloud about some Canadiens backstories at the Pro Hockey Talk site, and who exactly will be playing center next season.  

 

*Speaking of Alfieri and Pro Hockey Talk, here’s a piece on a bright spot for the Tampa Bay Lightning from last season in Brayden Point.

 

*Patrick Kane is hoping to elevate his game going into next season by switching up his training regimen, and kicking it up a notch for this Blackhawks season. 

 

*Here’s a full report on how the Boston University hockey players did at the World Junior Summer Showcase

 

*Travis Yost says that the Washington Capitals are a prime candidate to take a step backwards this season, and that’s before even considering the entire drama with Alex Ovechkin and Olympics. 

 

*The hockey media out in Columbus caught up with Ohio native Sean Kuraly ahead of a potentially big season for him with the Bruins. Kuraly will definitely get a look as a fourth line center after finishing up strong in the playoffs last season. I can honestly say he was skating much better than I’d ever seen him when he suited up for the postseason, and he could be an interesting player thrown into the bottom-6 mix for the Black and Gold. The performance for Kuraly in a big moment showed something about his makeup as well.   

 

*For something completely different: Count me in for a new David Letterman series on Netflix where he’ll have extended, podcast-type interviews with people. 

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