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• Wade Belak passed away a year ago today. He's still missed. [Toronto Star]

• Hockey teams are well-represented in this list of the smartest spenders in all of sports, with 4 teams in the top 10. [Business Week]

• The Penguins are high on that Business Week list, and this articles gives a good picture of why. Their prudent spending may have positioned them well if the salary cap comes down like it's rumoured to. [Trib Live]

• In case you haven't heard, today is a pretty big day in CBA negotiations. Elliotte Friedman lays it all out. [CBC]

• The Upper Midwest High School Elite League, a teenage hockey league in the Minnesota area, has introduced sponsors to its jerseys. Now you can see how the world will end. [Prep Rally]

• Jack Johnson is a league-worst minus-85 since the lockout. Lucky for him plus/minus is a flawed statistic. [Kukla's Korner]

• Former Columbus Blue Jackets winger Adam Pineault signed a one-year contract to play with the Allen Americans of the CHL this week, the first step on his road back after taking a year off to care for his wife after she was diagnosed with cancer. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Remembering the 1972 Summit Series, when Canada won the Cold War. [The Globe & Mail]

• Ryan Suter will start on a pairing with Jared Spurgeon, according to Mike Yeo. I can see it now. "Hey Jared, why didn't you muscle that guy off the puck with relative ease and then make a Norris-caliber outlet pass? My last partner did that all the time." [Star-Tribune]

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D2 (Reddit)

• Great eye from Redditor JimmyJoeMick, who uncovers two things in this screengrab from D2. First, Emilio Estevez has some serious hair. Second, the film wasn't just classic family entertainment -- it was a prophecy.

• A cynical list of comparable players for the nouveau riche Jordan Eberle. [Oilers Nation]

• ESPN's writers give some helpful tips to Brian Burke. Cam Charron gives some helpful tips to the ESPN writers, including, "Maybe people would stop making fun of the hockey media if they'd stop posting stupid filler content online." Sassy. [Leafs Nation]

• One prospect from each team NHL that's undervalued and underappreciated in the fantasy world. [Dobber Hockey]

• Meet Sudbury's Mooney brothers, who are great at roller hockey and at having a last name. [Sudbury Star]

• Everything you wanted to know about the bikini hockey league, where the quality of the hockey is priority number one, I assume. [Hooked on Hockey]

• Sidney Crosby's doctors are impressed with his improvements. [The Onion]

• Things the Hershey Bears are: chocolate and white. Tradition. Legends. History. Also: bears.

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