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Weekly Links - Let's Tessellate

Awards presentations, schedule reveals, signings, draft, trades . . . it was a busy week for a week in which no actual hockey-like substance happened.

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The suit game of the Blues' first-round pick was absolutely on point.
The suit game of the Blues' first-round pick was absolutely on point.
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  • Vladimir Tarasenko won the NHL '17 popularity contest and will get his image on the cover of the popular video game. EA Sports can still get bent. [SLGT]
  • Colton Parayko finished eighth in the Calder Trophy voting, and other Blues-related voting results. [SLGT]
  • Blues fan Tony X. was supposed to be at the show, but didn't make it and explained why (basically, he says he fucked up . . . all is forgiven, if you ask me). [Puck Daddy]


  • The Blues sent goaltender Brian Elliott to the Flames for Calgary's 2nd round pick this year and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2017. The condition on that 3rd in 2017 is whether or not Elliott signs an extension with the Flames. [SLGT]
  • Doug Armstrong, without actually SAYING it was a trade request, tells people it was a trade request. [SLGT]
  • Dan thanks Moose for a helluva run. [SLGT]
  • Army says he'll look for a goaltender in free agency. My guess? A cheap backup. [SLGT]


  • R1, #26: Tage Thompson, C, Connecticut (Hockey East, NCAA) [SLGT]
  • R2, #35: Jordan Kyrou, C, Sarnia (OHL) [SLGT]
  • R2, #59: Evan Fitzpatrick, G, Sherbrooke (QMJHL) [SLGT]
  • R4, #119: Tanner Kaspick, C, Brandon (WHL) [SLGT]
  • R5, #125: Nolan Stevens, C, Northeastern (Hockey East, NCAA) [SLGT]
  • R5, #144: Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL) [SLGT]
  • R7, #209: Nikolaj Krag Christensen, C/LW, Rødovre (Metal Ligaen) [SLGT]
  • R7, #211: Filip Helt, LW, HC Litvinov U20 (Czech U20 League) [SLGT]
  • The St. Louis junior program was at center stage over the draft weekend. [SLGT]
  • That included Clayton Keller from Swansea, IL . . . he's the first Metro East player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. [BND]
  • Brian gives his review. [SLGT]


  • Here's an analysis of the entire schedule. [SLGT]
  • The home opener will be Thursday, October 13th against the Minnesota Wild(s). So that means Mike Yeo's first home game as Blues associate coach will be against the team that fired him in January. So there's that. [SLGT]


  • The Blues signed Scottie Upshall to a one-year deal. Adam is not thrilled. [SLGT]
  • Some jamoke decided to write something on why it would be a good idea to bring David Backes back in the first of our 2016 UFA Survivor series. [SLGT]
  • A look at some moves the team had made as of and prior to Thursday. [SLGT]


  • Apparently, nothing . . . no comments from last week's links post.


  • So why did the Blues trade Elliott? (Well, we already told you, but whatever.) [Puck Daddy]
  • Meanwhile, the agent of Kevin Shattenkirk was surprised his client was not traded this weekend. Well, how about if your client is traded during free agency? [theScore]


  • Predators SB Nation site On The Forecheck (and specifically, former OTF writer Dirk Hoag) always does a great job with the super schedule, calculating how many miles each team is traveling in a given season. Here's another example of that. [On The Forecheck]
  • As for the Preds themselves, their owners are fighting in court. [The Tennessean]
  • Two interesting trades . . . the Canadiens dealt Lars Eller to the Capitals for two second round picks, then used two OTHER second round picks to acquire Andrew Shaw from the Blackhawks . . . both seem like overpays. [The Sporting News]
  • Before the draft, the Panthers acquired defenseman Keith Yandle from the Rangers for a low draft pick, then signed him to a seven-year extension worth shit-tons of money. [Puck Daddy]
  • Also before the draft, the Cats swung a deal . . . acquiring goaltender (and former Blues prospect) Reto Berra from the Avalanche(s) in exchange for forward Rocco Grimaldi. [Panthers]
  • The Flyers extended the contract of defenseman Radko Gudas by four years and gave him a raise. The Flyers highly enjoy giving lots of money to mediocre-to-average defensemen. []
  • Meanwhile, the Wild(s) bought out forward Thomas Vanek, and it's a blight on Chuck Fletcher, says this Wild(s) fan. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford says he is not trading Evgeni Malkin and wants to keep Marc-Andre Fleury around. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Canucks general manager Jim Benning said some stupid shit about players that don't play for his team before he could do so, so he'll likely get fined for tampering. That team is such a fucking shitshow it's not even funny. [Sportsnet]
  • After unloading the contract of Pavel Datsyuk in a draft trade, the Red Wings become a frontrunner in the Steven Stamkos sweepstakes. [USA Today]
  • Meanwhile, Sabres general manager Tim Murray will be going after Stamkos too. [theScore]
  • The Sabres also acquired defenseman Dmitri Kulikov and a second round pick from the Panthers for defenseman Mark Pysyk, a second round pick and a third round pick. [TSN]
  • As you probably know, Las Vegas is getting an NHL team. Drew Magary ranks some potential team names. [Deadspin]
  • A Blue Jackets draft pick has an interesting backstory, part of which was that he once survived a meteor explosion in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. [SB Nation]
  • As you may know, the University of North Dakota's sports teams are no longer known as the Fighting Sioux. They are now the Shitsipping Crybabies the Fighting Hawks. They revealed their new sports logo this week. And . . . I don't see what's wrong with it, although I'm the only one in my household who thinks that (and it's a household of two when not counting the cats). [USCHO]


  • The music industry lost two pioneers this week. There was Bernie Worrell, keyboardist and a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic. He was 72. [Variety]
  • We also lost first-generation bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley. He was 89. Modern bluegrass artists like Chris Thile, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings owe a lot to Stanley. [CNN]
  • Don't understand the hubbub about Brexit? Here's a more comprehensive rundown than I could ever come up with. [New York Times]
  • Cuban coffee will be coming to the United States legally this fall for the first time in 55 years. [Eater]
  • Scientists ran liquified chocolate through an electric field and found it had less fat content. Yeah, but how does it taste? [NPR / The Salt]
  • Does tapping the top of a soda can before opening really reduce the fizz? [IFL Science]
  • NOTE TO SELF: Do not take a javelin to the eye. [Y! / AP]
  • The 50th anniversary of Star Trek + Build-A-Bear = AWESOME. [Nerdist]
  • Seven products that have a lifetime guarantee. I own items from at least two of these companies. [Mental Floss]
  • This is just one wicked ridiculous goal from Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland. [theScore]
  • Meanwhile, stateside . . . Lionel Messi honked a PK shootout chance for Argentina, which helped Chile win Copa America . . . then the man widely regarded the best soccer player on earth at the moment retired from international competition. [The Guardian]
  • Even Johnny Manziel's father can't defend Johnny Manziel anymore, it appears. [Deadspin]
  • 19 years ago, Mark McGwire absolutely murdered a Randy Johnson fastball in the old Kingdome. I remember this (mostly because this was right before he was traded to the Cardinals, but whatever). [SB Nation / #Lookit]


  • My grandmother-in-law recently went to Savannah, GA (where my wife and I are going in August, mind you) and brought me home a can of this delicious stuff . . . the Hop'lin IPA from Southbound Brewing Company in Savannah. 65 IBU's, 6.3% ABV and deeeeeelicious. [Untappd]


Around the time Alt-J became extremely popular worldwide (in fact, perhaps right before that), they did a stripped-down Tiny Desk Concert behind Bob Boilen's All Songs Considered desk at NPR:

Let's tessellate.


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