Morning Skate: Should Avs bench Duchene until they trade him?


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering if Hanley Ramirez got that “Believe in Boston” green banner from a Celtics rummage sale.

*Peter Forsberg believes that the Colorado Avalanche should bench Matt Duchene and not play him until they can find a trading partner for the center that clearly wants a change of scenery.

*Alex Ovechkin has had back-to-back hat tricks to start the season, and it would appear there are several reasons why he’s a different player this year. It looks like he’s finally motivated to do more than he’s ever done before.

*Congrats to Judd Sirott as the new play-by-play guy for the Bruins at 98.5 the Sports Hub. He did a great job in the season opener for the Bruins last week, and will again be on the call with Bob Beers on Monday afternoon vs. Colorado.

*The Maple Leafs are still prioritizing the process even though it looks they are going to have one of the most explosive offenses in the NHL this season.

*An understandably emotional Eddie Olczyk visited the Chicago Blackhawks booth last weekend to give an update as he wages his battle against cancer. Edzo is well aware of the support he’s getting all around him, and that’s a very good thing for one of the truly good guys you meet on the NHL circuit. We’re all with you in this fight, Edzo!

*The Pittsburgh Penguins have a difficult schedule to start the season and are keenly aware it’s something they’ll need to battle through. The Bruins, on the other hand, are getting a ton of time off during the first month of the season.

*For something completely different: Real life tales from Boston realtors let you know some of the crazy stuff that they see while selling property on a daily basis.


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