Luongo too good as mentor; minor hockey makeover; Getzlaf’s get icy (Puck Headlines)

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• That Tweet makes complete sense because it’s #TweetLikeOviDay! ))))))))

• Can’t imagine what life would be like for Roberto Luongo if he didn’t have a sense of humor, even if it is self-deprecating. Bobby Lu on his role as ‘mentor’ to younger goalies in the past, “I think it worked pretty well ’cause both [Eddie Lack and Cory Schneider] were able to steal my job, so I was a pretty good mentor.” [The Score]

• It’s time to blow up and reconstruct minor league hockey to better suit the NHL parents clubs. [SB Nation]

• Heads up NHL clubs HR departments: signs you’ve hired the wrong person for analytics. [Down Goes Brown]

• “The disparity between the small and large schools in college hockey has expanded with the announcement that the NCAA has granted autonomy to the ‘Power Five’ conferences.” [Bucky’s 5th Quarter]

• Jason Spezza was criticized in Ottawa for, well, a lot of stuff. Now that he is in Dallas and looking to be a key ‘piece of the puzzle’, is the pressure off of him for once? [Pro Hockey Talk]

• Radim Vrbata has taken Alex Burrows’ place centering the Sedins. Burrows says it ‘doesn’t bother him’. I’m sure he’s telling the truth. [Sportsnet]

• Is Ryan Miller ready for Vancouver? Seriously, is he? [Sin Bin Sports Blog]

• “David Pastrnak Is Doing Disgusting Things Vs Canada”. Get your mind out of the gutter. [Days of Y’Orr]

NHL 15 releases their ranking of the top five centers in the game. The players NOT on the list may surprise you more than who made it. [Nilsen Report]

• Frosty political ties be dammed, the NHL and KHL have extended their ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ for another year. This document clarifies the rules for players transferring between the two leagues, honoring contracts, secret rules for Ilya Kovalchuk, etc. [Puck Drunk Love]

• Have you guys heard of this Connor McDavid kid? No one is talking about him at all. (Sarcasm font.) Check out his goal from Canada’s summer development camp. [Buzzing the Net]

• Islanders coach Jack Capuano believes in Josh Bailey. That’s all well and good, but Bailey has yet to steadily produce for the Isles, much to the chagrin of the fanbase. [Islanders Point Blank]

• As if you haven’t had enough P.K. Subban news, here’s more! How about naming Subban as the next captain of the Canadiens? Mathieu Darche likes it and his opinion means everything. [ESPN]

• “There are officials in the National Hockey League that aren’t really happy with Kerry Fraser for his C’Mon Ref column. I operate on the basis that I have to be totally honest. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong,” said former referee Kerry Fraser (speaking in third person). [TB News Watch]

• New for you fantasy buffs: “This … a series in which we’ll look at different aspects of the NHL game and how to value them appropriately in your fantasy league scoring, with the objective of creating scoring systems that reflect real life value as closely as possible.” [Dobber Hockey]

• In ‘lamest mayoral bet ever’ news: Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is finally making good on his Ducks vs. Kings playoff wager with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – he is picking up trash at Marsh Park in Elysian Valley. [Orange County Register (subscription required)]

• Get excited, here come the Watertown (NY) Wolves of the Federal Hockey League. [WWNY TV]

• Finally, the Getzlaf family completes the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, and challenges Bobby Ryan, Milan Lucic, and Brent Seabrook to follow suit. [Instagram]