NHL Commish Gary Bettman said there is a Goatse.cx-wide gap (don’t Google this) between the League and the Player’s union, and with the Collective Bargaining  Agreement expiring on September 15th, it appears likely that the players do no begin hockey activities in time to start the season on, uh, time.

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The Minnesota Wild finished under .500 at the end of this past season. They ranked 27th in the Powerplay and dead last in both Goals Per Game and team name. Things looked glum, but Minnesota just went Minnepop, and not because they say pop instead of soda. 

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The National Hockey League draft came and went while I was on vacation, but I heard no one took my future boyfriend Mikhail Grigorenko until the 12th pick. What? Oh, I’m sorry, I guess the Islanders don’t need offense, my bad.

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The Oilers continue to fill themselves with talent. After seemingly every other team wasted their first round draft pick on Defense, Edmonton went ahead and signed the most sought after free agent, the soon to be 22 year old Justin Schultz.

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Today is the start of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, so maybe now would be a good time to discuss another prospect? Sure! As long time readers of this blog (Hello inmates at Rockview State Correctional Institution, keep those letters coming!) know, I dislike Defensemen (for fantasy purposes) the same way Hitler avoided drafting Jews on his fantasy survival team (hopefully people are still distracted by Joe the Plumber to notice what I just wrote).

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Tall and thin, Mikhail Grigorenko is an 18 year old stud from Khabarovsk, Russia. He is perhaps too young for someone like me to project, although Patrick Roy (yes, that Patrick Roy) traded up to grab him for the Quebec Remparts in the Import Draft last summer.

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The Detroit Red Wings just obtained Andrew Murray, a 32 year old with 40 points and -7 rating in 220 career games. Whoo!

Okay, so, the real meat of this trade was that Detroit sent Brad Stuart to San Jose in exchange for a 2014 pick.

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Alexander Semin becomes a free agent this year, but you shouldn’t care. Even presuming the 28 year old doesn’t return to Mother Russia, Semin has left a stain on fantasy stats for two years running.

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