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[Bits] A Team Grows in Brooklyn, Voyage to the Center of Ohio and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The NHL off-season isn't official until the Flyers do something weird.

Once more, for old time's sake.
Once more, for old time's sake.
Bruce Bennett

Flying Blind?

Even when you look past the obvious FLOLYers aspect, yesterday's Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger trade between the Philadelphia and Columbus is kind of fascinating on a few levels. The trade doesn't make a lot of sense from the Flyers' point of view [The Sporting News] in that A. Hartnell is the better player, B. Umberger isn't saving them enough money to make up for the disparity and C. the Blue Jackets were planning to buy Umberger out before consummating the trade anyway. The crew at Broad Street Hockey are surprisingly divided, although it seems like a combination of wishful thinking, Hartnell backlash and a special Former Flyer strain of "Cinderella's Disease" that is causing the optimism for re-acquiring Umberger.

But the most interesting element of the deal is that Hartnell waived his NMC to go to Columbus after telling GM Jarmo Kekalainen, "I'm 32 years old, I have a lot of money, but I want to win." [Puck Daddy]. That's got to be a tough pill to swallow in a proud place like Philly. During his introductory conference call, even Hartnell sounded bent on getting his revenge on the Flyers for forcing him out [Puck Daddy again]

Now, about getting players to want to come to you...

Islanders Links

  • Brett Yormark and the Barclays people have some big plans for the Islanders marketing machine, according to New$day. Yormark goes into some detail (or businesspeak) about how their market research has helped them profile what Islanders fans want out of Brooklyn.
  • Trading Josh Bailey, Matt Donovan and the 5th Pick for a boat and some lunch meat.

Other Links

  • Your 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Class: Hasek, Modano, Forsberg, Rob Blake and, finally, Pat Burns. [SB Nation]
  • And a reminder that the NHL Awards Show is tonight at 7 pm on NBC Sports Network.
  • Of less notoriety than the Hartnell-Umberger deal, the Flyers also signed center Brayden Schenn to a very reasonable three-year deal. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Also, Andrei Markov re-signed with the Canadiens for three more years. [EOTP]
  • The Canucks officially hire Wille Desjardins, a mustache with a coach underneath it. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts has a lot on the Penguins, the Hurricanes, and free agents signing early.
  • The Bizarro Off Season continues in Pittsburgh, where Jim Rutherford doesn't sound hopeful that Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen will return. [Puck Daddy]
  • The always intrepid Dirk Hoag complies his NHL Super Schedule, detailing the most and least travelling teams in the NHL. The Islanders seem to make out okay. [Hockey Gear HQ]
  • Who are the NHL's youngest (and oldest) teams? The answer might surprise you. Or not.  [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Who are the NHL's worst drafting teams? The answer might surprise you or not it's the Calgary Flames. [NHL Numbers]
  • Draft Day trades keep biting the Capitals in the ass. [RMNB]
  • Down Goes Brown gets you started on the NHL's busy off-season. [Grantland]
  • I'm a big fan of Scott Cullen's Off-Season Game Plan posts at TSN. The complete set can be found here for your reading pleasure.
  • NHL teams as Game of Thrones characters. I don't have HBO, so I have no idea if the Islanders character is cool or not. I'll take On the Forecheck's word for it.
  • Not Hockey Video: If you've watched Team USA games at the World Cup, you may have noticed a superfan in the stands dressed like former Long Island resident, Canal Builder and Trustbuster Teddy Roosevelt. This is that man's story. (The superfan. Not TR)

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