20 Q’s with Grapes; Oilers blueline backlog; NHL 16 now with mascots (Puck Headlines)

• All NHL team official mascots, like our friend Youppi!, will be featured in NHL16. [Operation Sports]

• “20 Questions with Don Cherry: On his move to Rogers, criticizing P.K. Subban and autograph requests from exotic dancers.” [National Post]

• The Washington Capitals have been very busy this off-season with big moves. Translating all this shuffling into success will be seen in the post-season. [Bleacher Report]

• Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin: which center should Phil Kessel play alongside? (Get ready for a full off season of this.) [The Hockey Writers]

• Patrick Sharp is still a Blackhawk. Didn’t seem like that would be the case a couple weeks ago. [The Committed Indian]

• Should the Montreal Canadiens go after free agent Alexander Semin? [Rabid Habs]

• Now the draft madness and ELC signing are behind him, Jack Eichel is settling in in Buffalo. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Vancouver GM Jim Benning isn’t inspiring confidence amongst the fanbase with his latest moves. [The Province]

• Good question many NHL teams have to consider: “How much youth is too much youth?” [Five for Howling]

• As of publication, the Oilers have nine potential defensemen going into next season. (Connor McDavid is not one of them.) [Along the Boards]

• Fancy stats: “Just how bad was the Dallas Stars defense last season?” [Defending Big D]

• Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (Wilcox, Sask.) has “played a role in helping mold many young stars such as Jaden Schwartz, Morgan Rielly and Sean Couturier as well as retired greats like Wendel Clark, Rod Brind’Amour and Curtis Joseph.” [Buzzing the Net]

• An interview with new GM Krista Patronick from the CWHL champion Boston Blades. [The Pink Puck]

• Recapping Team USA’s showing at the Street Hockey World Championship. [What’s Going On In Buffalo]

• How does hockey connect to Wimbleton? Through Jaroslav Drobny, of course. Meet one of the most unique dual-sport athletes in hockey history. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Mixed emotions surround the way Martin St. Louis retired. [Puckology]

• Zach Gallinger co-authored a report naming Thunder Bay “pound for pound the best hockey city in Canada.” (Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.) [CBC]

• The Senators revealed their 25th anniversary logo. Naturally, the internet reacted sanely and without snark or protest. JUST KIDDING. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Shark Week is cool. Hockey cards inspired by Shark Week are AWESOME. [Puck Junk]

• The “Five Hole for Food” tournament in Canada is collecting a massive amount of donations for food banks across the nation. [CTV News]

• Finally, Chicago Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison does what he does best at a couple’s wedding. [YouTube]

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