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Friday Links - Exploding Hockey Puck

Ah yes, April Fool's Day . . . otherwise known as "Amateur Day for Assholes". Why acknowledge it?

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"Time for a beard-off, boys . . . yep, you lose again, Steener."
"Time for a beard-off, boys . . . yep, you lose again, Steener."
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You haven't pulled your annual April Fool's Day joke/prank and I already know it's fucking stupid.


  • The shutout string ended, but the winning streak did not. The Blues beat up on the Avalanche(s) 3-1 on Tuesday. Justin has your cap of re. [SLGT]
  • Mile High Hockey, as they see their team's playoff chances dwindling, have their say. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Robby Fabbri left the game with a lower body injury, but it doesn't appear to be serious. [SLGT FanShots]
  • Dan sure HOPES it isn't serious. [SLGT]
  • Dan also says the Blues can't afford to re-sign David Backes . . . which will be true if he takes his chance at the money he'll probably get on the open market. [SLGT]
  • It appears Jay Bouwmeester is going through concussion protocol. This means he may have played part of a game with a concussion. Good fucking Christ. [SLGT]
  • The Blues CAN afford to sign a couple of their drafted prospects . . . Michigan State forward MacKenzie MacEachern [SBN College Hockey] . . . and Red Deer Rebels forward Adam Musil [CBS Sports Fantasy] . . . both signed their entry-level deals yesterday.
  • Carl Gunnarsson spoke with a Swedish publication about his new contract and seems happy with where he is, saying it wasn't all about the money. [SLGT]
  • Oh, and a couple drunk-asses recorded Episode #123 of Beyond Checkerdome, and didn't have to cover a Blues goal against! [SLGT]
  • Last night was the Heritage Night dinner with Adam Oates and Brett Hull, and there will be an on-ice ceremony tonight. Here's a piece from just over three years ago about how the combo fell apart. (S/T to Childhood Trauma) [SB Nation]



  • Scores and shit. [ Scores]
  • 297 NHL emails were unsealed by court order earlier this week. Here are some of the highlights. Well, lowlights, mostly. [SB Nation]
  • There will officially be no Canadian teams in the NHL postseason. The internet had a field day with it. (S/T to BluesMay) [CBC Sports]
  • Where will Oilers forward Nail Yakupov end up after his trade request? Ryan Lambert looks at some of the silliness there in Huge If True. [Puck Daddy]
  • Canucks forward prospect Jake Virtanen did a derp on our old pal, Sharks defenseman Roman Polak, so he'll be sitting two games for it. Not like it matters, the Canucks are fuck-awful right now. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been offered an in-person hearing for being a total hoser dick to Wild(s) forward Charlie Coyle. We'll see if the dick move will cost a few playoff games too. [USA Today]
  • Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey, as a college senior, had the option to sign with the team or test free agency on August 15 and make shitloads of money. Gee, I wonder which option he picked . . . [The Sporting News]
  • The Panthers harkened back to the good ol' days by giving their fans rats. And they threw them on the ice after two Panthers goals. As they should. But the home team got penalized for it. Ah, yes, and throwing a Goddamn dead cephalopod out there is just dandy, eh? [Sportsnet]
  • But . . . they won anyway because a Devils team not backstopped by Cory Schneider is probably not good. The Panthers are now atop the Atlantic Division again. [TSN]


  • If you're doing daily fantasy picks on college sports, you probably have a fucking gambling problem. Alas, DraftKings and FanDuel have suspended such games "indefinitely". [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • Dat dawg got dat dank. [Y! / AP]
  • People are still making fire domino videos. Here's some more. [Nerdist]
  • In news I'm sure CrossCheckRaise would appreciate . . . commuting by public transit is better for you than driving, according to a recent study. [Mental Floss]
  • Seems like a fun night at the bar. [Deadspin]
  • Why do baseball bats break? well, it's complicated. [Gizmodo / Sploid]
  • This goose is all like "WHAT THE FUCK" with this golf ball. [SB Nation / #Lookit]


  • One of my two beers from the latest podcast . . . Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale, a brewery in Huntsville, Alabama. Ohhhhh, it's a good'un. [Untappd]


Hydraulic presses are fun. (S/T to Milo):


BluesMay has your Sunday links goodness. I'll be back Monday.