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Thursday Links - Nights at White Castle

Plenty of injuries to go around. But there's also hockey on that island in Quebec this evening, and the Blues are playing there too. Set your drinking and swearing schedules accordingly. Also, hear the worst tribute to White Castle ever.

"Hmmmmmmmm. Sergei Gonchar is older than me, right? Let's get him!"
"Hmmmmmmmm. Sergei Gonchar is older than me, right? Let's get him!"
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Bonjour, mon ami. Bienvenue à Montréal.


  • Ken Hitchcock says he's not splitting up the STL Line (for the uninitiated, that is Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera). Which, y'know, that's probably a good idea to leave that alone. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
  • Episode 61 of Beyond Checkerdome discusses tricks (of two types), trips (not of the acid variety) and trades (of . . . well, the variety you'd expect), plus more, as always. [SLGT]
  • Childhood Trauma tells us why he hates Corsi. Shockingly, Patrik Berglund is involved. (Though I should SLIGHTLY retort . . . yes, there are people who use Corsi religiously and say the number is an end-all-be-all, and those people are fucking nuts, while most of us rational people use the number--and many other #FancyStats--as a supplement to what we're watching . . . but you're still allowed to hate it, that's fine.) [SLGT FanPosts]


  • Want to know a fuck-ton more than you already do about the Canadiens? Read the stuff from Andrew Berkshire (or, as The Steve Dangle Podcast boys tend to call him, "Andrew Jerkshire") and his band of merry writers at Eyes on the Prize. [Eyes on the Prize]


  • Two games yesterday. They both had scores. You can see them here. [ 11/19/14]
  • Eleven games tonight, including one game in Montreal, as you may have heard. [ 11/20/14]
  • So, if I want my kids to drunkenly tear up my knee in a golf cart or turn myself into a glorified traffic cone, I should buy them some Playmaker Nutrition. Thanks, Erik Johnson! (S/T to Childhood Trauma) [Twitter / @ctrauma]
  • Ryan Lambert takes on Bruins/Habs, the World Cup format, Phil Kessel and the media, Las Vegas, all the teams that could use Josh Harding, the ego of Martin Brodeur, "Greatest Goalie Ever" debates and Arizona State in this week's Power Rankings. [Puck Daddy]
  • One of the feel-good stories of the Blackhawks this season (if any Blackhawks story could be considered "feel-good", because really, fuck those guys) has been defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk (yes, the brother of James Van Riemsdyk, if you didn't already know) . . . well, he's out three to four months with a broken kneecap. Ouch. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • This could've been a lot worse . . . Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will lose what appears to be the rest of another season now, as a blood clot was found in his lung. Yikes. [Puck Daddy]
  • Remember how Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left Tuesday's game early? Well, there was a good reason for that. He broke his thumb and will be out six to eight weeks. Because the Bruins really needed more injury problems. [Bruins]
  • And remember how Flyers forward and (for whatever reason) Captain, Claude Giroux, was supposedly "fine", then was supposed to be "day-to-day"? Well, he played last night. So, y'know, whatever. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • And speaking of the Flyers . . . Ron Hextall, their General Manager, was not too pleased with the team's effort last night against the Rangers, and let 'em have it. Y'know, maybe he should be screaming at his boss, Paul Holmgren, for building one of the shittiest teams money can buy. [Puck Daddy]
  • Teemu Selanne left the door open to a possible contract with the KHL in the offseason. Well, fuck that. He's done. [IIHF]
  • Brandon Worley over at Defending Big D says it's time to start asking some hard questions about their Stars . . . and I guess I can't disagree. They are abjectly terrible right now. (Mind you, I was told I didn't know anything about hockey by their commenters because I dared say their defense was terrible and Kari Lehtonen was injury-prone, but whatever.) [Defending Big D]
  • The Prince Albert Raiders are fucking stupid. (Go Thunderbirds!) [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Apparently, police in Novosibirsk did not know that people were supposed to ACTUALLY throw hats after someone netted a hat trick. Several people were arrested, and Sibir says it will cover the fines and help with legal matters for those fans. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Blues' third is in the middle of the pack. The Blue Jackets' third is ranked number one. The Avalanche(s) terrible third that is basically a fucking ripoff of the Rangers' whole design . . . is ranked ahead of the Blues. All I'm trying to say is . . . this ranking of NHL third sweaters is fucking terrible, or at the very least, was possibly done by a blind person. [Fire Bettman!]
  • This news is somewhat breaking as I finish the links very early in the morning, but . . . Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is bankrupt, and the most despicable part of it, as it seems . . . his parents may be the ones mostly to blame for it. I won't go into details, but I've been in a situation like this before (wasn't my folks) and while I can't fathom the money involved in Jack's case, I feel for him a bit. (S/T to Kate) [Blue Jackets Xtra]


  • If you haven't heard, there's been a massive snowstorm that has engulfed western New York. Despite that, the Buffalo Bills say they're playing their home game this weekend against the New York Jets. Oooooooookay. [SB Nation]
  • Bret "Hitman" Hart gave a candid interview regarding the "Montreal Screw-Job" incident of many moons ago. He says he would have choked out Shawn Michaels and ended the match early that fateful night had he known what was going to transpire. [Deadspin]
  • The average salary of a Southeastern Conference football coach is slightly greater than the average annual value of Patrik Berglund's contract. Berglund's Corsi is better, though. [SB Nation]
  • A rooster in suburban Portland, OR must leave because it's crowing too Goddamn loud. So, basically, a family is getting punished for not controlling its' cock. *SHOWS SELF OUT* [Y! / AP]


Here's a terribly-done KSHE tribute to White Castle, based on "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues. (S/T to TerrapinKen):

White Castle . . . can be great. This song . . . can blow a duck.

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