Morning Skate: Tavares' stalemate with Islanders continues


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while bowing to the sheer power of dragons. 


*Larry Brooks tells us what the history tells us about the current stalemate between the New York Islanders and John Tavares


*Tony Granato and the Team USA coaching staff is looking to make the most of what they have for the upcoming Winter Olympics, even if NHL players aren’t going to be involved. 


*Speaking of the Olympics, Alex Ovechkin is apparently still hoping to be able to represent Team Russia even if it’s in the middle of the NHL season. 


*What if the Boston Bruins traded Jumbo Joe Thornton to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Roberto Luongo instead of for the pittance they got from the San Jose Sharks? This article is more about how it could have impacted the Panthers, but I’m not sure it would have done much for the Bruins given how Tim Thomas played for Boston once he established himself. In fact you could easily make the argument that the B’s don’t win the Cup in 2011, or even get anywhere close to the Cup Final, if they had Bobby Lou instead of Timmy the Tank. 


*A disgruntled Andrej Nestrasil has opted to jump to the KHL rather than play any longer for the Carolina Hurricanes. 


*Could Brady Tkachuk end up being the best of the famous Tkachuk hockey family when it’s all said and done?


*For something completely different: Some pretty cool cosmic plans for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 when it comes out. 

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