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This is going to be the longest offseason ever.

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Smashville News:

Paul McCann - Positions in review - Defense | Hockeybuzz
Our own Paul McCann with his views on this year’s defense corps.

Paul McCann - Positions in review - Forwards | Hockeybuzz
And here is the forward corps. He indicates that he will also be posting a review of the coaches. I look forward to it.

I wish I could remember how to nap with this abandon.

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Central Division News:

Blues need Tarasenko to make an appearance in Game 2 | stltoday.com
”Berube wants Tarasenko to work ‘a lot harder’ away from the puck; says better puck support by the team as a whole will cut down on neutral zone miscues.” The St. Louis Blues certainly looked outmatched in Game 1. Did they improve last night?

‘It’s been incredible’: With growing fan base, Stars on fast rise | NHL.com
”The Dallas Stars’ business rebirth is an overnight success story seven years in the making.” This reminds me of Nashville after the Stanley Cup Final.

Blackhawks goalie and motorhead Corey Crawford satisfies need for speed Saturday | Chicago Sun-Times
Corey Crawford will be behind the wheel of a custom Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe as the celebrity pace car.” Pace Car driving at Indy is cool. A car he restored sold at a Chicago Blackhawks charity auction for $200,000.

Other Hockey News:

Brad Marchand mocks Justin Williams in Bruins win | USA Today
Brad Marchand drew a somewhat controversial penalty against Justin Williams, then proceeded to mock the Hurricanes captain in the Bruins’ big win.” What really makes my mind explode about Brad Marchand is that someone this talented and on pretty good teams seems to want his legacy for most of the hockey world to be d——- b— (dang bad - if it makes you more comfortable).

Canes eat ‘poop sandwich’ after Bruins thumping | ESPN
”Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams said the Canes will have to chew on a “poop sandwich” after their blowout loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.” May I say I am becoming a Justin Williams fan? This is the most accurate description of this type of game I have ever heard.

Making the switch from Mrazek to McElhinney won’t solve the Hurricanes’ problems | TheHockeyNews
While Petr Mrazek’s performance was nothing to write home about on Sunday, there were a lot of other issues going on with the Carolina Hurricanes’ play.

Cancel the NHL rulebook - the Stanley Cup playoffs’ weirdest controversies | ESPN
An interesting look at some of the controversial calls in the playoffs and whether they should prompt rule changes.

Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler undergoes successful hip surgery | TSN.ca
As much as I dislike him as a player, I hope that Ryan Kesler can rehab this injury to have a pain-free life.

Bruins themed plane takes off for Game 3 against Hurricanes | NHL.com
Okay, it’s fine. But they totally missed hitting the homer. Can you imagine this plane with something like Tukka Rask’s mask on the nose?

Burns, Pavelski sons dance on JumboTron, light up home crowd at Game 1 | NHL.com
This is cute. How many of us remember these two in the breakaway challenge at the 2016 All Star game? Remember? Little Nathan Pavelski (left) gave it up for tiny Jagger Burns to score. Then Jagger skated up to the camera and dropped the mitts. They grow up so fast!