Seriously. No. Politics.
- Hildy compares the current Blues to the 1994 Blues in honor of the 20th anniversary of NHL '94. [SLGT]
- As Jason Giles noted when he sent this to J-Mill (who noted that he missed Sunday's links because "things happened", by the way): "This may not be your usual glamorous or sexy link but since I don't get every channel in HD, I now will at least get to see the Blues in HD on Oct 9 using this Live Extra site." Good enough for me. [NHL.com]
- III Communication was full of really good season preview-type stuff yesterday. Here, they rank all 21 possible Central Division rivalries from worst to best. You might be able to figure out which rivalry came out on top. Involves I-55. [III Communication]
- They also had a blackout map of the whole division. It covers a shit-ton of North America. Hell, it even covers my dearly beloved Montana, since the Avalanche are in the division now. [III Communication]
- Real hockey games that count start today. Set your drinking schedules accordingly. Here's today's schedule. [NHL.com]
- FINALLY! SOMEONE DOESN'T PICK THE BLUES TO WIN THE CUP! It's Ryan Lambert, in his 20 Bold Predictions on What We Learned. [Puck Daddy]
- The NHL Board of Governors had already approved hybrid icing and needed the NHLPA's approval to make it happen to start the season . . . and . . . it happened. So there will be hybrid icing and probably mass confusion for casual fans of hockey. [NHL.com]
- The Puck Daddy crew and friends made their preseason picks for all the NHL awards, all of which will probably be wrong. (NOTE: Three picked Alex Pietrangelo for Norris, one picked Ken Hitchcock for Adams and NONE picked David Backes for Selke. Damn shame on that last one there.) [Puck Daddy]
- CAWLIDGE HAWKEY PREEVIOOOO KED [United States of Hockey]
- Phil Kessel might get a big-ass extension soon. Is he worth $8MM a year? (Easy money says Dave Nonis thinks so regardless. He's the new Paul Holmgren, y'know.) [Puck Daddy]
- Call it karma, call it bad luck, call it whatever you want . . . but call it a month-long absence due to injury for Ilya Kovalchuk after he ran into teammate Alex Ponikarovsky in a recent KHL game. [CBS Sports Eye On Hockey]
- I found this incredibly touching, despite being not anywhere close to an Ohio State fan . . . Dom Tiberi, sports anchor at WBNS in Columbus, OH since the year I was born (which, as most of you know, was a long time ago . . . #TylerIsOld), returned to work last week not long after his daughter was killed in a car crash. After Ohio State's football victory over Wisconsin, nearly every tOSU player and coach lined up in the tunnel to give Tiberi a hug. There was dust in the room when I watched that video, I'll admit. I've been there before, but not to this scale. [Deadspin]
- If you're gonna rob somebody at a shopping center, it's best to do it when a fencing coach isn't anywhere around. [Y! Odd News]
CrossCheckRaise runs us through some "percussive maintenance". Looks like me trying to fix my computer or when I remember my father trying to fix my car at times. But it works!
If at first you don't succeed, just beat the shit out of it, it'll work.
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More season preview stuff on the way, not to mention a piece from CCR on something that grinds his gears.