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Tuesday Links - Parayko's Dance Moves

Colton Parayko can cut a rug on skates. And other stuff and things.

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The big man can cut a rug.
The big man can cut a rug.
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  • Not exactly Blues news, but it kinda is . . . the NHL All-Star Game voting process has changed to go along with the new format. So, of course, this is a call to vote Vladimir Tarasenko into the game and leave no doubt as to his participation. [SLGT]
  • Not to sound like a broken record, but . . . remember a few years back when Ken Hitchcock said he needed "one practice" to fix the power play? Well, four years have passed, and that "one practice" hasn't happened yet. So here's another thing about the power play. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
  • The Blues' 24-game record last year was about the same as it is now, only this time it's a bit more impressive, says Lou Korac. [In the Slot / Lou Korac]
  • Some great photos showing the life and times of the old St. Louis Arena (also known as The Checkerdome), the first home of the Blues. [StL Today]


  • For Panthers news and fan insight, you need to head over to Litter Box Cats. They just beat Detroit on Sunday, y'know. #FuckDetroit [Litter Box Cats]



  • Ryan Lambert talks about the league's second-best division, the Metropolitan, in this week's What We Learned. [Puck Daddy]
  • Former players involved in a class-action suit with the NHL regarding the dangers of concussions are asking that the court unseal some of the NHL's internal emails on the issue. [TSN]
  • Wild(s) defenseman Ryan Suter apparently doesn't think he should be playing with youngster Jonas Brodin, and Suter's being kind of a dick about it. Good Christ, how in the fuck did this team beat the Blues in the playoffs last year?[CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • The Canadiens' worst fears are realized . . . all-world goaltender Carey Price will be out a minimum of six weeks with his injury. [USA Today]
  • And the Rangers will be missing stud forward Derek Stepan for four to six weeks with broken ribs after a reckless hit from Bruins forward Matt Beleskey on Friday. [Sportsnet]
  • Empty net goals are masking how terrible goal-scoring has been this year. Not shockingly, this is partially Patrick Roy's fault, because he's a terrible NHL coach. [The Sporting News]
  • Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks has some pretty sweet pads . . . [SB Nation]
  • . . . which he used to post the first shutout by a Leafs goaltender making his NHL debut in franchise history. And the franchise is, y'know, pretty old. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Some ideas as to why hockey fights have gone down in the NHL. [Quartz]
  • Over the weekend, the EIHL's Braehead Clan wore some pretty damn sweet kilt-inspired uniforms in honor of St. Andrew's Day. [Puck Daddy]


  • My Broncos did the thing to the Patriots on Sunday night. Then the Broncos did the thing to Tom Brady post-game via photoshop. [SB Nation / #Lookit]
  • New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu was laid to rest yesterday. Some of his former All Blacks teammates performed the famous traditional haka dance as his casket was carried away. Fucking awesome. [Deadspin]
  • How to get a bartender's attention without being a dick. [Lifehacker]
  • In more signs that we're all getting old . . . A Charlie Brown Christmas turns 50 this year. ABC will celebrate the occasion accordingly. [NPR / Monkey See]
  • A long-time favorite band of mine, Nine Inch Nails, has re-issued some merch from the 90's. [Consequence of Sound]
  • Some unique gift ideas for the Star Wars fan in your life. [Nerdist]
  • And some unique sweater ideas for your next Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. [Mental Floss]
  • Whatcha gonna do with 20 tons of stolen beef? I guess someone in Pennsylvania has already figured it out. [Y! / AP]


This one was suggested multiple times (by DanGNR and CrossCheckRaise, to be exact) . . . and it's a dandy! Check out current Blues phenom Colton Parayko and his teammates from Alaska-Fairbanks a couple seasons ago teaching people CPR by dancing to "Stayin' Alive":

Holy shit.

If you couldn't pick out Parayko . . . well, for one, you're blind, but for two . . . he was the tall, scrawny-lookin' dude wearing #4 and at the front of the line.

Barring unforeseen difficulties, Hoosier Blue takes his rightful shifts at the Links Factory tomorrow and Thursday. BluesMay comes at you Friday, and I return Saturday.

And we SWEAR Episode #108 of Beyond Checkerdome is coming to you soon!