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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.
I have some bad news.
Yes, it's for you, Canada.
I know you enjoy a good attendance tweet. Especially if it's about the size of the crowd at Panthers games. Or when your team visits the Coyotes for the one time a year and you get to poke fun at their crowd size. Never mind that they're a bad team. It must be the fanbase.
It is exhausting.
But kind of understandable. When it's just sports teasing from one fanbase to another, I get it. But when it's something like this, comparing a Hurricanes crowd size to the size of a junior team in Quebec City ... that is just annoying.
Comparing crowd sizes between your dream Canada expansion city and a bad NHL team in a "nontraditional" hockey market won't convince Gary Bettman to bring a team back to Canada. I hate to break it to you, but as long as he's running the show, the NHL will always seek options in new American cities before returning to a former Canadian NHL town.
And if you enjoy hockey and want more people to enjoy it, too, you should get behind that. Root for those seats in Carolina to fill up. Root for the Coyotes to stay in Arizona. Hope Vegas succeeds and Seattle joins the league soon.
Cheer for hockey to thrive no matter where it is. Petty, schoolyard stick-poking at young markets and fanbases is just a waste of everyone's time.
It took the Wild coach an hour to fix his wonky tie. It drove us bananas, so we chronicled the incredible journey here.
Maybe we'll write a book about it someday.
AROUND THE NETWORK WE GO
Canada's biggest junior hockey league, the CHL, is in the midst of a high-profile lawsuit about minimum wages. Our Leafs blog dug into the documents (thousands of them) and found some really interesting stuff.
The Riveters took home a ton of hardware this week.
Carolina is still capable of surprises.
Dallas got some rare good news, picking up a promising college defenseman.
The Penguins also signed a coveted college free agent.
The Central Division belongs to the Blackhawks again. For now.
The Ice Garden spoke to the coach of Team Korea in a fascinating Q&A.