While we all talk about the new realignment plan (and how screwed over the Florida teams got), the Lightning continue their work in the community. This initiative is called "Save Our Sons, Turn in Your Guns".
With $12,500 given by the team for the program, the Tampa Police Department will collect guns on Saturday at the Seminole Heights Baptist Church with no questions asked. Each gun turned in gets $50 in cash. More info here.
And now for your links:
Your Lightning links:
- The Lightning crashed a Senator's charity dinner while they were in Ottawa (CTV)
- A behind the scenes video of the Lightning players who did a photoshoot for Bay Magazine
- If you haven't read it yet, Clare's post on whether players should block shots
- Mashable looks at the Lightning's microchipped jerseys and how it changes the fan experience. Though I don't agree that it's the jerseys that caused the increased season ticket sales
- Raw Charge has a store, check it out why don't you?
More links after the jump...
Your links from around the NHL:
- Jordin Tootoo has been suspended two games for his hit on Ryan Miller (TSN)
- The winners and losers in the NHL's new 4 conference realignment (Puck Daddy)
- If there is one thing you take time to read, make it the New York Times great 3-part article series on Derek Boogaard. Part I looks at his early life pre-NHL, Part II looks at the physical and emotional toll it takes to be a fighter. Part III is on Boogard's descent and a look at the effect fighting had on his brain. So set aside some time during an extended lunch or after watching the game tonight, because this series is worth your time
- Arik James writes a great post that rips into Jay Feaster who at a press conference said the Jarome Iginla rumors were from basement dwelling bloggers who write in their underwear. The truth is that they were started by MSM writers Eric Francis and Bruce Garrioch (Matchsticks and Gasoline)
- Matthew Barnaby has been arrested, fired by ESPN and could be deported (Awful Announcing)
- Brandon Worley looks at the anatomy of that trade rumor of Iginla to Dallas that Bruce Garrioch started (Defending the Big D)
- Justin Bourne has an issue with lying to the media in hockey and how it is seen as "professionalism" (Backhand Shelf)
- Bourne on anti-bullying and how Brian Burke's son helped him mend his relationship with Kevin Lowe. Also contains a great Burke moustache (Backhand Shelf)
- Chemmy and Ryan Lambert have come together to blog about Team USA at the World Juniors at The Sleeping Giant
- Not many coaches turn into successful analysts other than the cringe-inducing Pierre McGuire. "For whatever reasons, if you want to be a hockey analyst, it helps to have been a (short) goalie, a fourth-line winger or a former Edmonton Oiler." (Globe and Mail)
- Michael Farber on how Alex Ovechkin is struggling to try to find his game and shed the ugly label of "coach killer" (SI)
- This is from a few weeks ago, but this post on PPP is helpful if you are trying to start learning about advanced stats
- Last week the Coyotes were in Winnipeg and Shane Doan got booed. Stay classy Winnipeg (Winnipeg Sun)
- The Hockey Wilderness did their own version of power rankings, this week based on size. Their opening to their post is great "For the past two weeks, we have openly mocked the power rankings process that not only permeates the hockey world, but also the sports world. If you look hard enough, you can bet there are power rankings for the Swedish Lawn Golf league. If you run, or participate in, any sort of local sports league, may I suggest publishing a weekly power ranking for that league?"
- The 20 most overpaid NHLers that make more that $4 million a year (Hockey Independent)
- This weeks edition of Pundays features Duck, Duck, Bruce (The Royal Half)
Video of the week: Canadian show the Rick Mercer Report on making a suit with Don cherry