Morning Skate: It's roster freeze season


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while Santa is very clearly making his list and checking it twice. 


*The NHL continues to take to institute a roster freeze around the holidays, a tradition that can make players and their families rest a little easier around Christmas. 


*Scott Darling was signed to be the No. 1 guy with the Carolina Hurricanes, but it’s been Cam Ward that’s come back with a vengeance in between the pipes. 


*Zac Rinaldo was acting like a punk again this weekend in the most predictable thing ever, so let’s hope that the NHL throws the book at him. His only talent is trying to hurt opponents, and he plays with zero honor or code on the ice. Get rid of this guy. 


*The Nashville Predators got into the holiday spirit of things by all dressing up in Christmas suits ahead of the holidays. Fun stuff. 


*Some US-born players getting to some pretty big career numbers this season as Patrick Kane scored his 300th career goal this weekend. ‘Merica. 


*Mathew Barzal had his first career hat trick on Saturday, and I am going to abstain from making the obvious comment here. You guys all know the deal. 


*For something completely different: I’m shocked that one of the Real Housewives is under arrest…shocked. 

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