Stop wearing merch during this Lockout to a kinda catchy tune? Why not, although like every fan initiative it likely won't do anything. (Goon's World)
The good news? Hockey will be on ESPN this year. The bad news is that it's Russian hockey and only on the internet. (SB Nation)
Justin of State of the State of Hockey (SOTSO) goes personal with an experience the Lockout has cost him. It's a good read and one many can identify with.
Another void, this time by Roy of Wild Puck Banter.
Troy Gillard talked to Mathew Dumba after his hit and suspension and the 2012 first round pick comes off pretty well. (Big Drive Sports)
The Third Intermission got a chance to quickly talk with Mikael Granlund.
Dan Chan of Hockey Wilderness tries to manage our Granlund expectations and theorizes why Finnish Baby Jesus may fail.
Derek Felska of State of Hockey News links to essentially every AHL, junior and NCAA radio station out there.
From our buddy Justin Goldman, Matt Hackett is focused on honing his game. (The Goalie Guild)
The Pioneer Press is on the Jason Zucker bandwagon.
Michael Russo is dropping me to the double-digits when it comes to covering the Gopher hockey beat. On the plus side, we did write about Kassian switching jerseys months ago...and Bouchard is 95%. So everyone wins. (Star Tribune)
There's been a lot of great Derek Boogaard pieces lately but this is a must read - Grange on NHL: Who Killed Derek Boogaard? (Sportsnet)
The Hitting the Post guys beat all of us to the punch and now have a podcast. Give it a listen. And then listen to Episode 2.
Goon gets a sequel (AV Club)
10 things you didn't know about Gary Bettman. Somehow being an all-around mensch is not one of them. (Puck Daddy)
At least someone misses the preseason. (Backhand Shelf)
Preseason or not, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are still getting paid getting paid. (Sportsnet)
Mainstream media v. Blogosphere take 581...this one is about charity work. (Backhand Shelf)
A hearty congrats to Chris Peters of the excellent United States of Hockey blog on the birth of his first child. We're sure baby Peters is more American than apple pie, Bruce Springsteen, Hulk Hogan and mom combined.
Gophers and Wild prospect Erik Haula are #1 in about every single poll...except USCHO where they are #2 behind defending national champion BC. Their season begins Saturday with an exhibition game against Lethbridge at Mariucci Arena.
Other WCHA teams ranked in the USCHO poll: North Dakota is at #4, Denver #8, UMD #12, Wisconsin #18 and Colorado College is 20th.
UFC on FX 5 is Friday at the Target Center and being headlined by a heavyweight fight between Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Travis Browne. There are plenty of fights and tickets available. (MMA Junkie)
A $100 million lesson on being fired from Facebook and finding your worth.
And finally, the Matt Kassian Ridiculous Tweet of the Week (@kassassination)
Just went all ninja to get out of the jumbotron.(And there's this Kassian interview too)
— Matt Kassian (@kassassination) September 29, 2012