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Since today is a long weekend up in Canada (WOOOO CIVIC HOLIDAY!) I'm gonna assume that the Canadians are away and this post will only be read by Americans. So here are some guns, fireworks, grits and bombs. And here are some links:
DoctorMyBrainHurts takes a look at trying to figure out the stats for defensive contribution.
Where Players Spend their Time in the Offensive Zone
Interestingly, on the heels of our discussion about where the Leafs shoot from, Behind the Net has created some graphics about where players shoot from (has this been linked already?)
Pat Burns is not ready to quit his battle yet
It's a Habs blog, but this blogger has a contact in the Burns family and gives us an update on his health.
The Intangibles of Jiggy
MLHS looks at the changes Burke has made in the front office, goaltending, and what Giguere really brings to the Leafs.
Report: Arbitrator picked in Kovalchuk contract dispute
Islanders acquire James Wisniewski from Ducks for conditional pick
The interesting part about this trade is that Ducks' GM Bob Murray said he did it because he has something else he's working on (via official Ducks twitter). So... Bieksa or Kaberle?
World junior roster starting to take shape
Matt Sekeres at the Globe takes a look at Canada's World Jr roster, and there's not many returning players.
Late day edition: Due to all of the talk in the comments that we're going to get "nothing of value for Kaberle" because of the Wizniewski deal, everyone please read this article from the National Post. If we trade Kaberle, we're getting something good.