Morning Skate: Blackhawks following in Bruins' footsteps

Joe Haggerty
NBC Sports Boston

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I'm reading while people are freaking out about a snowstorm that hasn't even hit us. What ever happened to hearty New Englanders prepared for whatever Ma Nature throws at us?  
 
-- Mike Hoffman recognizes that trade speculation is just part of the business when a team is struggling like the Ottawa Senators. If Kyle Turris can be traded, and Erik Karlsson can be mentioned in rumors as well, then pretty much nobody is safe in Ottawa. 
 
-- If Joel Quenneville is worried about his job with the Chicago Blackhawks struggling in the Central Division, then he's doing a good job of not showing it. It's stunning to watch the fall from grace of the Blackhawks, if not also a little familiar given we also saw this with the Bruins on a smaller scale over the previous few seasons. What was up must eventually come down in the NHL salary-cap world, particularly if a team isn't drafting particularly well.
 
-- ESPN.com has the story of why the Los Angeles Kings are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders this season as they'd been in the past. Part of it is certainly about the West being wide open right now. 
 
-- The NHL top hits and bloopers for the month of December have a little bit of something for everybody. 
 
-- The Arizona Coyotes are taking a positive approach to 2018. Yeah, good luck with that.
 
-- For something completely different: Mike Gorman is tired of the whole Isaiah Thomas drama as the Cavs come to town tonight, and, frankly, so am I.











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