I wrote these while my head was still spinning from my first day at my new job, so bear with me.
Also, surely our Prospect Department has a better German translation for "Good luck, Mr. Goc" than the one I posted from Google's translator. Or was I right, Herr Aussicht Abteilung?
- As speculated over the weekend, the Blues are bringing Scottie Upshall to camp on a PTO. Hope he's willing to take a two-way deal. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
- Also, Marcel Goc decided to return home, inking a five-year deal with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsch Eishockey Liga (and as bad-ass as "Mannheim Eagles" sounds, I posit "Dampfwalzen Mannheim" would be better . . . that's "Mannheim Steamrollers", for the uninitiated). [Pro Hockey Talk]
- POINT: Why the fuck are we forgetting about Troy Brouwer and his ability to play center? Hildy explains. [SLGT]
- COUNTERPOINT: Forget about Troy Brouwer playing center (well, kinda, but basically). Richard explains. [SLGT]
- The Cardinals are going to be giving away some sweet Blues-themed hats and sporting some kind of special Blues-themed batting practice jersey on September 21st. My wife and mother-in-law have already bought tickets for this, despite being Royals fans, so the hats must be pretty damn sweet. [SLGT]
- Chris Peters explains that 2015-16 is a make-or-break season for the Blues. (SIDE NOTE: Haven't we fucking heard that before? Like last year? And the year prior to that? Or am I crazy?) [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
THE LATEST ON PATRICK KANE:
- Chicago Sun-Times Blackhawks beat writer Mark Lazerus explains why trading Patrick Kane is not only on the table for Stan Bowman, but might be the team's only option at this point. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Also, amid the investigation into the Kane allegations, Satchel Price over at Second City Hockey wonders how he and his fellow fans can be proud to root for the Blackhawks. [Second City Hockey]
- Meanwhile, Sam over at The Committed Indian gave his usually-thoughtful dissection regarding the Lazerus piece. [The Committed Indian]
HOCKEY NEWS--NON-PATRICK KANE EDITION:
- The always-busy Ryan Lambert saddles up for a couple more . . . first, what to make of the Bruins and the workload of one Tuukka Rask in What We Learned. [Puck Daddy]
- Then, Lambert muses on whether or not the Jets should cash out on Dustin Byfuglien in Trending Topics. [Puck Daddy]
- The Kings and Anze Kopitar are reportedly "not even in the ballpark" in regards to an extension, at least for the time being. Kopitar is set to become an unrestricted free agent next year. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
- Former Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie called out Stars forward Tyler Seguin for being a drunken nuisance at 6am in Yorkville, Ontario recently. [USA Today / For The Win!]
- Speaking of Seguin, Travis Yost feels the Stars should put him and Patrick Sharp on a line, instead of putting Jason Spezza with Sharp. [TSN]
- Meanwhile, in Ottawa, Senators forward Bobby Ryan and his wife drove a used RV from their home in Jackson, WY (a beautiful town, by the way, if you've never been there) to training camp in Canada's capital. [Sportsnet]
- Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are all the rage in the Bay Area these days. And to celebrate the Warriors playing a preseason game at SAP Center (aka "The Shark Tank"), fans attending that game will get a Curry bobblehead doll featuring him wearing a Sharks sweater. [Sharks]
- If you didn't keep up with the Premier League's Transfer Deadline Day, SB Nation's soccer unit has you covered. [SB Nation]
- Here in my new neck of the woods in Kansas City, the Royals appear to have had a chickenpox outbreak. [Deadspin]
- BRB, gotta keep BluesMay away from this life-sized David Bowie pillow. [Nerdist]
- The Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo, unveiled recently, has been pulled back amid allegations of plagiarism. [NPR / The Two-Way]
- Ten strange contract clauses for professional athletes over the years. [Mental Floss]
- Traffic in the Little Rock area was recently snarled by . . . an overturned covered wagon. No word on whether any members of the party died of dysentery. [Y! / AP]
Courtesy of Ash, AKA "FakeGreatHumanoid" . . . a teaser for a new IFC comedy called Benders. It's a hockey-themed comedy, and it looks . . . well, YOU decide:
I think it looks great. Comedian Godfrey is going to be involved as well, apparently. And he's funny as fuck.
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