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Cap is not impressed with your level of #Merica. Step up yo' game.
Cap is not impressed with your level of #Merica. Step up yo' game.
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BLUES NEWS:

  • Hildy posted a purely hypothetical trade possibility with the Blue Jackets involving Kevin Shattenkirk (The Cannon started it, actually, so blame them), and I don't think we liked it. [SLGT]
  • The expected became official: Vladimir Sobotka will stay in the KHL for the 2015-16 season. [SLGT FanShots]
  • The Stay or Go Series continues with Blues Captain David Backes . . . which, seems moot. [SLGT]
  • Chris Pronger--who was just traded to the Coyotes the other day--is one of seven Hockey Hall of Fame selections. Phil Housley--also a former Blue--will join him, along with expected entrants Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov. [SLGT]
  • The Blues acquired something called Konrad Abeltshauser from the Sharks yesterday. [SLGT FanShots]
  • Qualifying offers were extended to all of the Blues' RFA's except for Sebastian Wannstrom (who'd already signed overseas) and David Shields (who wasn't expected to be qualified). Cody Beach inked a new two-way contract with the team. [SLGT]
  • Would you like Alex Semin? Hildy asks you. [SLGT]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko and the Blues are talking but no deal is imminent at the time. Not shocking. [StL Today / Morning Skate]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Free agency starts in earnest today. You may want to keep your eyes here today. [TSN]
  • Then again, maybe keep an eye on the trades instead. (If you're a Blues fan, I'd call this a wise choice, actually.) [USA Today]
  • Speaking of trades . . . could Phil Kessel end up with the Penguins? Maybe. [Sportsnet]
  • Also speaking of trades . . . a massive one between the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets sends Brandon Saad east. Wowzers. [TSN]
  • Or, maybe you should keep an eye on this . . . a report from the New York Times said the Coyotes were being sold to William Foley and being moved to Las Vegas in time for the 2016-17 season . . . a report that Gary Bettman called "garbage". [Puck Daddy]
  • Ryan Lambert wonders how competitive the 2015-16 Sabres can be in this week's Trending Topics. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Sharks acquired recently-traded goaltender Martin Jones from the Bruins . . . [Sharks]
  • . . . and then signed their recently-acquired goaltender of the future to a three-year pact. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • The Sharks goaltender of the past, Antti Niemi, signed a three-year deal with the Stars yesterday. [Stars]
  • The Flyers somehow coaxed a 3rd round pick out of the Bruins for Zac Rinaldo, who is not good at hockey. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The Flames signed Dougie Hamilton to a six-year deal and thought the rumors about his attitude were silly. [Calgary Sun]
  • The Red Wings want you to know about their new arena design, but they also bought out Stephen Weiss yesterday because he kinda didn't work out for them. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Drew Stafford re-upped with the Jets for two years. [Jets]

OTHER SHIT:

  • (AMERICAN FLAG EMOJI) [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • Today is Canada Day! Exactly what the fuck are they celebrating, though? [Mental Floss]
  • Take a look at the new Ghostbusters proton pack. [Nerdist]
  • Scottish soccer club Patrick Thistle FC has the scariest new Goddamn mascot. [Deadspin]
  • NOTE TO SELF: Do not carry a grenade-shaped bottle of perfume to my court date. [Y! / AP]

VIDEO:

Why do we use Fahrenheit in the United States, instead of Celsius like just about every other respectable country in the Goddamn world does? Mental Floss digs in:

Well, basically, because #Merica. As he said.

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