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People dying everywhere, and Darth L. Jackson has had enough of your Jedi shit. All that and more!

"Oh, hi Vladimir."
"Oh, hi Vladimir."
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A shitload of shit to cover, so let's not shit around here . . . I mean, shit.

BLUES NEWS:

  • Hockey Hall of Fame coach and the Blues' first Captain, Al Arbour, passed away Friday. He was 82. [SLGT]
  • As they did last year, the Blues held an Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village to unofficially kick off a season that will end in abject disappointment as it always seems to do the hockey season. [In the Slot / Lou Korac]
  • The AHL released its' master schedule last week. As Brian notes, the Wolves' portion of the schedule emphasizes rivalries, possibly in large part due to the California expansion of the league. [SLGT]
  • The St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame enshrined six people on Saturday. Accepting on behalf of the late Dan Kelly was his son John, whom we all know (and some, like me, love). Tom Stillman also was honored at the ceremony. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
  • Could the Blues be mulling a PTO to Scottie Upshall as camp approaches? [SLGT]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko had himself a pretty cool summer, didn't he? Anyway, it's almost over. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
  • Barret Jackman says he "feels like a rookie again". Not body-wise, but in regards to, like, everything else. [Frozen Notes]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Is the Pacific Division the worst division in the NHL? Ryan Lambert (still) thinks so, and elaborates in Trending Topics. [Puck Daddy]
  • The latest team to hire a full-time hockey analytics person? The Red Wings (who will probably be told they keep their youngsters in the minors too long). [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Mike Richards was recently charged with possession of a controlled substance by the RCMP stemming from the incident that led to the cancellation of the remainder of his contract with the Kings . . . he is to appear in court next week. [USA Today]
  • Here's some legal speak regarding the Richards case and the appeal the NHLPA made on his behalf. [TSN]
  • Speaking of the Kings, the Christian Ehrhoff signing raises more questions in regards to Slava Voynov moving forward. [Puck Daddy]
  • A bizarre story from South Korea as a former Predators forward (for like one game), Ryan Thang, is saying the team he signed with is refusing to honor his contract and is trying to make him cancel the deal on his end. [Sportsnet]
  • A Stars fan took an In-N-Out Burger order from Tyler Seguin via Twitter . . . and delivered him the burger. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Canadiens legend Henri Richard is battling Alzheimer's and, according to a translated report from a Quebec paper, his condition has "worsened lately". [Puck Daddy]
  • The Hurricanes have a shitload of problems, but one glaring issue is naming a starting goaltender. So, who'll it be . . . former Conn Smythe Trophy winner and aging veteran Cam Ward, or hotshot youngster and newcomer Eddie Lack? [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of the Canes . . . they re-upped with young RFA forward Elias Lindholm to the tune of $5.4MM over the two seasons that follow the upcoming one. [TSN]
  • Also locking up a youngster were the Dallas Stars, inking forward Cody Eakin to a four-year extension worth $15.4MM. [USA Today]

OTHER SHIT:

  • The Toronto Blue Jays have been rather hot as the baseball season approaches the home stretch . . . and their fans even harkened back to a hockey tradition by littering the SkyDome (Rogers Centre, whatever) field with hats after Edwin Encarnacion belted his third home run of the game on Saturday. Oh, and Fuck Detroit. [Puck Daddy]
  • A terrible scene at Turner Field on Saturday night as a fan fell from the upper deck to his death. [Deadspin]
  • Renowned horror filmmaker Wes Craven has died. He was 76. #FuckCancer [Nerdist]
  • One of the greatest scientists of our time, neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, also has died. He was 82. Again, #FuckCancer [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • Some stunning photos of the hardest-hit areas of New Orleans, ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. [Mental Floss]
  • Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America, has officially been renamed "Denali" (which is its' original name, actually). [NBC News]
  • "Why were you late . . . let's see . . . 111 FUCKING TIMES, SIR?!" "I was eating breakfast." "Oh." [Y! / AP]

VIDEO:

Courtesy of TerrapinKen, it's Darth L. Jackson:

Fuck yeah.

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