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Tuesday Links - Truculence and Running Things

Schmaltz. World Cup of Hockey. Fancy stats. Truculence. Local kid goes big. Buyouts. Dineen. Lawsuits. Shit Flyers sweaters. Bad lists. Brodeur. Hockey Canada. Giancarlo. Pool cars. Golazos to plain goals. Clickbait. And corgis helping each other. It be Tuesday.

Here is Roman Polak, not being truculent.
Here is Roman Polak, not being truculent.
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

I hiked up a mountain that had a gigantic M on it yesterday. It was everything I thought it would be and more. And I took a picture.

But here are some links anyway.


  • I somehow missed this from the other day . . . Jordan Schmaltz, Blues blue line prospect, is putting himself in a position to help the big club soon, as Lou Korac wrote. (S/T to Bight Your Face Off) [In The Slot / Lou Korac]
  • If J-Mill ran the World Cup of Hockey, it would be . . . uh, pretty cool, actually. [SLGT]
  • Why let Robb have all the fun with fancy stats when you can do the dataviz yourself? [SLGT]
  • Speaking of which . . . CanesAndBluesFan was hard at work yesterday. First, he looks at truculence and what it has to do with the Maple Leafs acquiring Roman Polak, if anything, really. [SLGT]
  • And then he takes a look at blocking shots and if it correlates with any adjustments in a goaltender's save percentage. [SLGT]
  • Not EXACTLY Blues news, but . . . MO'Fallon resident and Blues AAA defenseman Ty Farmer will be part of Team USA for the U17 Five Nations Tournament in Germany next month. (S/T to J-Mill) [USA Hockey]


  • Compliance buyouts are surprisingly beneficial to a lot of teams and players, as writes Ryan Lambert in this week's What We Learned. [Puck Daddy]
  • Kevin Dineen goes from fired by the Panthers, to coaching Team Canada's women's team to gold in Sochi, to assistant coach with Those Fuckers Up North . . . errrr, the Blackhawks . . . next season. [Blackhawks]
  • Speaking of Those Fuckers Up North . . . a fan is suing the United Center because she got hit in the face with a puck that trickled down onto him from the netting, injuring her. Well, I mean, it's better than being dead, isn't it? ISN'T IT, DOCTOR?! [Puck Daddy]
  • The Flyers seriously considered using these fucking monstrosities as sweaters back in the 90's. The 90's were fucking great, man. The greatest, even. At least the logo was pretty sweet. You also get other stories about 90's design here. [Icethetics]
  • The top 30 hockey calls of all time does not include ANYTHING from Al Michaels in 1980, making it immediately irrelevant . . . so don't even read or watch this bullshit. (But I'll link it anyway because fuck it.) [Puck Daddy]
  • Here's an idea for Martin Brodeur . . . instead of waiting until after the season to start to sign, how about . . . ummm, NOT SIGNING AT ALL WITH ANYONE?! [Fire N Ice]
  • Tom Renney, currently an assistant in Detroit, will be the new president of Hockey Canada, according to a report. He'd be taking over for Bob Nicholson. [Puck Daddy]
  • As we know, the Predators' goal song is "I Like It, I Love It" by Tim McGraw (because of course it is), but following that, they used to play "Rock and Roll, Part 2" by convicted sex offender Gary Glitter. Well, next year, that appears to be changing to a song I love . . . "Gold on the Ceiling" by The Black Keys. Makes sense. [Section 303]
  • Mike Babcock will not be discussing a contract while the season is going on. He is in the final year of a contract with the Red Wings . . . so, uh, this could be interesting, if he's not inked by the beginning of October. [Puck Daddy]
  • Chad LaRose, not to be confused with Jean "Rosie" LaRose, is looking at possibly returning to the Hurricanes after taking a year off from hockey. [News Observer]


  • Giancarlo Stanton can hit baseballs really, Really, REALLY fucking far. [Deadspin]
  • PARTY TIP: Don't drive your car into a pool during a party. [Y! Odd News]
  • All 171 World Cup goals, ranked from best to worst. (On a side note . . . I'm going to miss our special World Cup section of links, not gonna lie.) [Deadspin / Screamer]
  • You won't believe the shit they say about clickbait in this piece. CLICK HERE! NOW! (SPOILER: Clickbait blows, and people are out there to stop it.) [The Daily Beast]


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