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Morning Skate: Trick or Trade?

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

From: Dan Pennucci
To: Janet Eagleson
Sent: Oct. 24
Subject: Three Stacks of High Society

Remember the reader who asked about trade value for Tomas Hertl this past week? You told him to go after the most rookie-mad owner in your league and dangle Hertl in front of him and see what kind of steady veteran he can get back in return.

This got me thinking about the late-90's classic Rounders, with Ed Norton, Matt Damon and John Malkovich in one of his most iconic roles ever, Teddy KGB. There's a scene in the film where Damon, a ridiculously perceptive poker player and a promising law student, reads the hands of players in a game composed of judges, district attorneys and law school professors. Later in the film, Damon sits down with one of his professors for a drink. The professor, played by Martin Landau, asks Damon how he re

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