Wednesday Links - X-Factors and Upstarts

Does THIS look like an X-Factor to you? - Dilip Vishwanat

The Blues were the 30 In 30 team at NHL.com yesterday. Meet the Nashville Predators (unless you already did . . . like, previously). A prominent Kings blogger shits all over a great idea. And putting out fires in Newfoundland looks quite impressive. Hump the day.

It's supposed to be hotter in Montana today than my hometown. God I can't wait for winter.

BLUES NEWS:

  • I'd somehow missed this about the Blues Elite Hockey Academy coming up August 26-29. [Blues]
  • Hildy talks with Dirk at On The Forecheck in her "Meet The New Central Division" series about the Predators, whom admittedly we're quite familiar with. [SLGT]
  • The Blues were the featured "30 In 30" team at NHL.com yesterday. They're optimistic about the team's chances this season. Because they're optimistic about EVERYONE. Duh. [NHL.com]
  • Lou Korac writes that with Derek Roy now in the fold, Chris Stewart could be the team's X-Factor next season. Hey, I've heard that one before! [Blues]
  • NHL.com's list of the Top 10 Blues prospects has Dmitrij Jaskin up top. [NHL.com]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • A report surfaced that the Stars had offered a contract to Evgeni Malkin at some point, and since Malkin has never NOT been under contract with the Penguins, this would be tampering. The Stars deny the charge. [Dallas Morning News]
  • Somehow, Zdeno Chara taking a picture with Marian Hossa and shaking hands with his fellow countryman next to the Stanley Cup is a story. They've both won the Cup, one more recently than the other. No one fucking cares. [Puck Daddy]
  • Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, Chris Nilan says he never gave a Stanley Cup ring to Whitey Bulger. Uh huh. [Deadspin]
  • Eric Comrie, Jets goalie prospect and a hopeful for the Canadian World Juniors roster, unveiled a very American mask for next season. [In Goal Magazine]
  • The "National Hockey League of Nations" series at Puck Daddy has been pretty brilliant. Though you can leave it to The Royal Half to find a way to shit all over this brilliant idea. Which . . . yep, that happened. [Puck Daddy]

OTHER SHIT:

  • Due to a technical error, two men with the same name won jackpots at a Cincinnati casino. This is why YOU CHECK THE ID'S, you dumb fuckers. [Y! / The Sideshow]
  • The Cardinals won in extra innings over the NL Central-leading Pirates (sounds weird, eh?) last night, thanks in large part to this Starling Marte error, captured in GIF form. [SB Nation]
  • Speaking of shit that sounds weird . . . the hottest team in baseball right now? Yes, the Kansas City Royals! Of course, this makes Kate happy, but man, this alternate universe is FUCKED. UP. [Deadspin]

VIDEO:

Speaking of Kate, she passes along this video - found at the Huffington Post - displaying exactly how they put out fires in the great Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Why bring a water tanker when you can waterbomb the motherfuckers?

That . . . may possibly be a literal fuck-ton of water.

Episode 4 of Beyond Checkerdome comes at you this afternoon. And as a spoiler . . . it may be our best episode yet. Tune in!

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