Kane is ‘a bad spot’; Canucks and racism; Ducks to debut new thirds (Puck Headlines)

• Valeri Nichushkin of the Dallas Stars plays with an adorable panther (?) cub. LOOK AT THOSE CLAWS. [Nicha43]

• Examining the ‘irresponsible actions’ of The Buffalo News reporters in the days that followed the announcement of the Kane investigation. [Sports Media Guy]

• Very reasoned and well-written article on Patrick Kane being ‘a bad spot.’ [The Committed Indian]

• The Vancouver Canucks hired former NCAA coach Mike Addesa as an amateur scout. He was fired from his position in 1989 for racist comments towards black players. One of those players speaks about the abuse and it’s lasting effects. [One Canuck]

• Former eight-time NHL all-star and four-time Stanley Cup winner Angus “Gus” Mortson died Saturday morning. He was 90 years old. [CTV News]

• Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis is coming back to the NHL after life threatening blood clots cut his season short. He writes about why he’s taking the risk. [The Players’ Tribune]

• Two years later, the Bobby Ryan trade ended up being a big win for the Anaheim Ducks. [CBS Sports]

• Good long read on ‘Gary Bettman and the politics of ignorance’ regarding the head trauma debate and his deposition on the pending concussion lawsuit. [Hockey In Society]

• SKA of the KHL have acquired the rights to Alexander Khokhlachev of the Boston Bruins. [Days of Y’Orr]

• The Ducks will debut a new third jersey this season. (Anyone else hoping it’s something akin to Wild Wing busting through the ice?) [SportsLogos]

• Predicting the top 10 players that will hit the 70-point plateau for the first time in their careers this upcoming season. [Dobber]

• Q&A with prized collegiate defenseman turned newly minted Minnesota Wild, Mike Reilly. [Star Tribune]

• A Montreal Canadiens comic strip?! Yes, it’s real. Welcome to ‘A Hockey City.’ [EOTP]

• Making the case for the Toronto Maple Leafs to acquire Tom Wilson from the Washington Capitals. [Editor In Leaf]

• If Auston Matthews doesn’t want to play for the team that drafts him, he’ll have to wait until 2020 to so. [THW]

• Ruslan Fedotenko wants to return to the NHL. Playing with the Iowa Wild, he’s hoping for a call up from the big club. [Des Moines Register]

• An introductory guide to the two women’s professional hockey leagues. [Along The Boards]

• Former NHLer Chad Wiseman has been named as the head coach of the NWHL’s New York Riveters. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Look back at the top five goals scored by the New Jersey Devils this past season. [The Hockey Writers]

• “How player metrics and salary determine offseason consideration for the Isles defense.” [IslesBeat]

• Fancy stats analysis of where the Dallas Stars defensive went wrong last season. [WFAA]

• Nathan MacKinnon season in review in a ‘quantitative approach to performance analysis’ scope (i.e. fancy stats). [Objective Avalanche]

• The QMJHL adopts the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format. [Buzzing The Net]

• Seven lessons learned by former Stanley Cup champion Ric Jackman during his globetrotting career. [ESPN]

• Planning a vacation? Might we recommend this bar: “It is full-fledged Canada — hockey, CFL, even a barkeep who dresses up like a Mountie — in Northern Ireland.” [Toronto Sun]

• Finally, Jimmy Fallon and Taylor Kitsch play a hybrid of beer pong and air hockey called ‘Beer Hockey.’

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