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Are we about to see a grand shakeup of minor league hockey in North America? Ben Bishop is under fire (in a good way) and some other news from around hockey during the loneliest month for an NHL fan.

Brian Boyle was brought in... at grater cost than Nate Thompson? Can someone explain that?  Ah, yes, someone did.
Brian Boyle was brought in... at grater cost than Nate Thompson? Can someone explain that? Ah, yes, someone did.
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  • It's a few weeks old but Bolt Prospects has posted their supplemental, post draft prospect rankings for the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Goalie Ben Bishop is on the road to recovery; he's facing live shots agai, the first time since sugery. [Fox Sports Florida]
  • Syracuse Crunch defenseman Nikita Nesterov, on the other hand, is not healed from hand surgery. He confesses this and talks about his first year in North America in a translated interview. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Mike Stuart does what he can to explain why the Lightning traded away Nate Thompson in an apparent money-dump before signing Brian Boyle to a more expensive contract. [Hockey Buzz]
  • Pro Hockey Talk was cited on Thursday with the rumors of an ECHL/CHL merger.  Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy elaborates on the major shakeup forthcoming ot the minor league. [Puck Daddy]
  • ...and that shakeup is a lot less of a fantasy than this. [SB Nation]
  • Mooney's article illicited a reation of the AHL's Vice President of communications on Twitter, which paints everything in a questionable light:
  • Speaking of shakeups, the NHL's practice of keeping teams from selling broadcast rights out-of-market might be turned on it's ear in 2015, via lawsuit. [TSN]
  • The top 10 players entering their sophomore season to watch. [Bleacher Report]
  • Speaking of next season, Shane O'Donnell makes the prediction the Florida Panthers will end the season in better position than the Colorado Avalanche. [Litter Box Cats]
  • Another 2014 1st round draft pick signs his Entry Level contract. [Canes Country]
  • in the way only they can, Battle of California comes to the defense of Ice Girls. [Battle of California]