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Thursday Links - Well, Glad THAT'S Over With

Blues lose. Beyond Checkerdome. Trade stuff. Zamboni driver. Power Rankings. Trade requests. Dumb reporters. Shattered glass. Pygmy Owl. Fairweather sports fans. Meth. And awesome hits caused by awful hit attempts. The weekend approaches.

Ben Nelms

Good riddance, Vancouver. Never wanna see you fuckers again. (This season, anyway.)


  • 20 Blues shots found their way on net. 35 Canucks shots did the same. Only one, from Jannik Hansen, found the back of said nets. Jannik Hansen does not play for the Blues. This all was clearly the fault of Jaroslav Halak, right? Anyway . . . this is the first time the Blues have been shut out in 2013-14. []
  • Beyond Checkerdome Episode 32 went to air yesterday. We put a bow on most of the Olympics, talked about the week ahead, lamented the Finns of the world and spewed about other random bullshit. [SLGT]
  • Hildy with a couple trade rumor pieces. First, on Ryan Miller and how a trade with the Sabres has to be "proper". [SLGT]
  • And then looking at other possible trade targets, Hildy reviews the possibilities of Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri . . . neither of which I really care for. [SLGT]
  • What's it like to drive a Zamboni for the Blues? Well, someone asked Jim Schmuke just that. He's been behind the wheel for nearly three decades. (S/T to CCR) [StL Sprout]


  • Four scores that were not seven years ago. (I'm going to keep using this line, so brace yourselves.) [ 02/26/14]
  • Twelve contests this evening. None of them really make me want to put down my beer and watch. [ 02/27/14]
  • Ryan Miller, Martin St. Louis, the Olympic Hangover Effect and more are discussed in Ryan Lambert's weekly Power Rankings. [Puck Daddy]
  • Big news from last night's opponents is that their star forward, Ryan Kesler, had asked for a trade at some point this season. [SB Nation]
  • Rumors about Martin St. Louis wanting out of Tampa have surfaced, as has his apparent iteration that he only prefers to be traded to the Rangers . . . because . . . wait, HUH? [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Twelve post-Olympic NHL storylines. [Puck Daddy]
  • Toronto media complains that Phil Kessel got off to a slow start . . . AT PRACTICE. Yeah, fuck you people, for shit's sake. [Toronto Star]
  • Predators goaltender extraordinaire Pekka Rinne was sent to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment yesterday but could be with the big club during the team's homestand. [On The Forecheck]
  • Evan Wardley of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds (my fiance's favorite junior team, by the way) drills Chance Braid of the Prince Albert Raiders and shatters a pane of glass at ShoWare Center. But Braid barely reacts. This is just fucking impressive all around. [Y! / Buzzing The Net]
  • Justin Bourne shows some respect for Flames youngster Lane MacDermid, who made the call to retire at age 24 yesterday, which on the surface would seem crazy. [The Score / Backhand Shelf]


  • Big Sky Brewing from here in Missoula recently released an "Itty Bitty IPA" called Pygmy Owl. Here's the story behind it. [Big Sky Brewing]
  • This guy must be a fairweather sports fan or probably watches a lot of ESPN, because there were no hockey logos involved. [Deadspin]
  • What's worse than being busted for meth? Being busted for meth while wearing a Breaking Bad t-shirt. Yeah, I said "worse". Sue me. [Y! / AP]


Alexander Edler tried to hip check Ryan Reaves in the first period. Ryan Reaves LOL's at your feeble attempt, puny Swede:


Normally, I'd be done for the week, but since I wasn't here Monday, I'm taking Friday. So send me links, videos and stuff, eh?: