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Wednesday Links - Did Anything Happen Yesterday?

Maybe something.

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Is this guy any good? Asking for a friend.
Is this guy any good? Asking for a friend.
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  • Oh right, something DID happen. Y'know, like a massive contract extension to the Blues' most important forward. Vladimir Tarasenko is gettin' PAID, yo. [SLGT]
  • The contract was a steal . . . [Puck Daddy] . . . but did a perceived KHL threat drive his price up a bit? Or, does it even matter? (No to both, maybe?) [Puck Daddy]
  • The Rangers are negotiating with Derek Stepan, and Kevin Allen says they'll be hard-pressed to find a deal with him similar to the one the Blues made with #91. [USA Today]
  • CrossCheckRaise and I recorded a Beyond Checkerdome Quick Shot in reaction to the big news. [SLGT]
  • Robb had a quick reaction as well. With numbers and graphs and stuff. And a poll! (I voted "Fire Hitchcock". I know. Shocking.) [SLGT]
  • Tarasenko has basically played two and a half seasons with the Blues and he's already performed better than most of the European players of the franchise's history. [Twitter / @StatsCentre]
  • And minutes before the contract announcement, Episode #93 of Beyond Checkerdome went up, where we talked about the new Blues acquisitions (including the big trade). [SLGT]
  • My former favorite Blue, Jamal Mayers, also was not pleased with Bernie Miklasz's turdbucket of a column from Saturday. [SLGT FanShots]
  • Oh, and there's a Prospects Camp going on! Our Prospects Department is on the scene, and filed this report (with pictures!) from Day One at the Locale Formerly Known As The St. Louis Mills. [SLGT]


  • The Maple Leafs are getting smarter, and Ryan Lambert praises them in Trending Topics. [Puck Daddy]
  • But on the whole, are NHL teams getting smarter when it comes to free agency? Well, mostly, yes. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • 23 NHL players filed for salary arbitration ahead of Sunday's deadline. One of them? A certain young Magnus Paajarvi . . . yep, good luck with that, MPS. [USA Today]
  • Meanwhile, forward Mikkel Boedker had filed for arbitration, but he and the Coyotes avoided the procedure with a one-year deal worth $3.75MM. [TSN]
  • The Blackhawks gave defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk a two-year, one-way contract. [Blackhawks]
  • Wild(s) goaltender Niklas Backstrom (AKA "the NOT AS GOOD Niklas Backstrom") revealed that he had a nerve problem in his arm stemming from the 2014-15 preseason. [Sportsnet]


  • So, apparently, "dude rushing the stage to charge his iPhone" was NOT the beginning of the script of the Broadway musical Hand To God. (S/T to BluesMay) [CNet]
  • Upon further review . . . Harry Shearer IS returning to The Simpsons for two more years after all. [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • 10 time capsule rooms left untouched for decades . . . wow. [Mental Floss]
  • Holy shit, Archie is back! Here's a review of the new Issue #1. [Nerdist]
  • Time Warner has to pay a lady over $200K after its' systems would not stop robo-calling her cellphone. [Y! / Reuters]
  • A list of rules for WWE broadcasters was allegedly posted on Reddit. Making it about the only good thing Reddit was ever good for. [Deadspin]


Well . . . what do YOU reckon?:

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