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Wednesday Links - Gangsta's Paradise

Been spendin' most our lives livin' in Al Capone's paradise. Plus mailbags, getting to know people and much, much more.

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Alex Pietrangelo would probably fit in well with Al Capone's gang. I suppose.
Alex Pietrangelo would probably fit in well with Al Capone's gang. I suppose.
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


  • We're saying hello to the Game Time staff for you. First up, our managing editor, Hildy. New post today. [SLGT]
  • We also opened our first edition of the Game Time Mailbag. More next week. [SLGT]
  • Lou has stories on two up-and-coming Blues prospects whose picks were acquired via trade . . . forward Ivan Barbashev (David Perron trade) and defenseman Thomas Vannelli (Ben Bishop trade). [In the Slot / Lou KoracIn the Slot / Lou Korac]


  • Barry Petchesky briefly looks into why only two bids were submitted for expansion on Monday. [Deadspin]
  • Braden Holtby asked an arbitrator for $8MM for one season ahead of his arbitration hearing with the Capitals . . . is he worth it? Ryan Lambert looks into it in Trending Topics. [Puck Daddy]
  • Someone should show this piece to Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock. Hell, I may print it and show it to them my-fucking-self. #FireSteveOttIntoTheSun [TSN]
  • We've all kinda forgotten about Cody Franson this offseason, haven't we? He says he's talking with some teams, including the cap-strapped Bruins. Odd. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • From former Predators to current ones. Craig Smith signed a 5-year extension worth $21.25MM, avoiding arbitration. [USA Today]
  • If I could afford to attend and contribute to Dominic Moore's annual Smashfest event, I would. #FuckCancer [Sportsnet]
  • University of Minnesota and Team USA women's hockey forward Amanda Kessel (you might know of her brother) will likely never play hockey again. :-( [Grand Forks Herald]


  • One thing you shouldn't do when popping wheelies as part of a public display, I would think, is run into the back of a squad car. (S/T to TerrapinKen) [Riverfront Times]
  • Did the first North Americans really come from Siberia as long-thought? We don't know. [NPR / Shots]
  • Dave Grohl's orthopedic surgeon can sing. [Nerdist]
  • Do smarter people drink more? Well, they are more likely to drink, basically, according to some studies. [Mental Floss]
  • Does the second wild card ruin the MLB trade deadline? Answer: #NoShit, but Grant Brisbee goes more in-depth than I could. [SB Nation]
  • Tom Ley is fucking wrong about Hoosiers. It is a brilliant movie. And these uniforms are . . . well . . . something. The Pacers will wear them in select games this upcoming season. [Deadspin]


Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise", as done in 1920's speakeasy-style:


And, new Blue Troy Brouwer apparently once did the Gangnam Style dance on skates. (S/T to doubleduck):


We'll have links Friday. We think. Send BluesMay stuff:

Look for our next "Say Hi To Game Time" AND Episode #94 of Beyond Checkerdome later today.