So, as we mentioned at the end of the regular season . . . now that the season is over, every edition of links from here until I have no fucking clue when will be a Weekly Links edition.
We even got ourselves a fancy ol' central links email account. Stay tuned for that.
But for now . . . we'll make some tweaks to the format as the offseason goes along, but it won't be much different from what we've done so far to start. The noticeable differences will likely come when the season begins.
Ready? I'm sure you are.
WHEN WE LAST SAW THE BLUES . . . :
- Heh. Yeah. Season ended. The Blues lost to the Sharks 5-2 (though it wasn't really even THAT close), and a series in which the Sharks played well enough to win in four or five games ended in six. Your recap from Justin. [SLGT]
- Fear The Fin wrote words about it. [Fear The Fin]
- CrossCheckRaise and I dug a shallow grave for the season and deposited the body long enough to wait for a proper burial . . . which will come soon enough. [SLGT]
- David Backes and Ken Hitchcock had immediate reactions after Game Six that were something to see and hear. [SLGT]
BLUES SEASON WRAP AND OTHER BLUES SHIT:
- It was a fun ride. [SLGT]
- But it left some to wonder. [SLGT FanPosts]
- And it left some to give a State Of The Union of sorts. [SLGT]
- What about the numbers? Well, they were something too. [SLGT]
- The Blues and the city want to do some things to the DrinkScotch. Hey, maybe they should. But it'll cost a lot. [SLGT]
- Alexander Steen (Sweden), Jori Lehtera (Finland) and Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia) had already been named to their World Cup of Hockey rosters. They were joined in the fray Friday by Blues teammates David Backes (USA), Alex Pietrangelo (Canada), Dmitrij Jaskin (Czech Republic) and Colton Parayko (North America U-23). [SLGT]
- Dan has words about Jori Lehtera and his anchor of a contract, which doesn't start until next year and may already be bad. [SLGT]
- Remember that Vladimir Sobotka guy? Rumor has it he'll be back in blue next year. He still does owe the Blues one season at $2.725MM, as you may recall. [SLGT]
- One injury revealed Saturday . . . Scottie Upshall played the last two series (well, most of them, anyway) with a broken and dislocated thumb suffered against the Blackhawks in Game Seven. [StL Today]
- Lou writes about another offseason of uncertainty. [In the Slot / Lou Korac]
- Look for a rebuttal to this piece of hot fucking garbage spawned from Saturday's locker clean-out day within the next 36 hours. I can't even believe I'm linking to this shit, really. Don't click it, it's barely worth your time, unless you want to fully immerse yourself into my anger preemptively. [StL Today]
SCORES AND BRACKET:
- Keep an eye here for Stanley Cup Final scores if you're not able to watch or just don't care to watch. [NHL.com Scores]
- Here's what the bracket looks like now. [NHL.com Stanley Cup]
- During and after locker clean-out day, a photo was circulating showing the Blues wearing these shirts, from Violent Gentlemen (George Parros's clothing line). Get your own, with proceeds going to Fort McMurray relief efforts. [Violent Gentlemen]
- An up-and-down day for Maple Leafs fans yesterday. First, the Marlies--their AHL affiliate--were bounced from the Calder Cup Playoffs by the Hershey Bears . . . [Pension Plan Puppets] . . . but then the OHL champion London Knights--led by highly-touted Leafs prospect Mitch Marner--won the Memorial Cup by defeating the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in overtime. [Pension Plan Puppets]
- Team USA appears to be putting as much thought into their roster as anyone should with a tournament that has a Team Not Applicable and a Team Some Of Europe . . . which is to say, zero. [Puck Daddy]
- Anyway, here's the Canadian TV schedule, which gives you an idea of what the ESPN schedule for this tournament might be (aside from being put on Watch ESPN or some shit). [Sportsnet]
- Team Canada seems to care, though, except for that P.K. Subban thing. Please note, Team Canada's GM is Doug Armstrong. Gee, wonder why he might've added Joe Thornton, eh? [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
- If you care, here's the Cup Final TV schedule. [The Sporting News]
- One guy from the current Sharks roster I really like is Joel Ward, who has always been known as a killer playoff performer. Here he is on his playoff success. [TSN]
- Before Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals, the NHL were dicks to the Lightning(s) for TV ratings reasons, apparently. Sure, let's not deal with the shitty presentation of your product on United States television, fuckos. [SB Nation]
- I don't even have fish and I want this fucking aquarium. [Nerdist]
- Eight memorable fuck-ups in the history of comics. As in, drawings and shit. [Mental Floss]
- Grilling out today? Take some tips from Alton Brown with you. [NPR / The Salt]
- The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was won by an unlikely entrant . . . a 24-year-old American rookie named Alexander Rossi. [SB Nation]
- This is one way to fuck up a floating wedding. [Y! / AP]
- The Kansas City Royals pulled off a sweep over the Chicago White Sox over the weekend in which they earned three come-from-behind victories . . . including this insane one Saturday. [Deadspin]
BEER OF THE WEEK:
- The famous Anchor Brewing Company in the Bay Area also has a great IPA. I know, you're shocked, right? And even more shocked that I'd like it, eh? Anyway . . . the simply-named Anchor IPA likes the number 65, apparently. 65 IBU, 6.5% ABV. [Untappd]
My message to the Sharks and Penguins, now that my team is eliminated:
Yep. Fuck it all.
Oh, what the hell . . . how about another Bloodhound Gang tune?:
My thoughts exactly.
BluesMay will be with you next Monday. You have the following options:
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