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Happy Saturday. How is everyone on this fine morning? (or afternoon, if you're anything like me and won't get out of bed before 12). Last night's score wasn't pretty. The only Lightning goal scorer was Future Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Steven Stamkos. Congrats Steven! See you at the ACC in two years! Anyway, here are the links, there are lots of them:

Leafs Links:

Mike Babcock's job interview: The top secret transcript | Down Goes Brown

In case you missed it, featuring a homicidal Lou Lamoriello.

Report: Jim Hiller to join Mike Babcock on Leafs new coaching staff | Maple Leafs Hotstove

What Mike Babcock can actually do for Maple Leafs (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy

What's next for the Leafs front office? | Maple Leafs Hotstove

Lots of Big! Names! being thrown around right now.

Jim Paliafito added to Toronto Maple Leafs front office | Maple Leafs Hotstove

Memorial Cup!

2015 Memorial Cup: Preview and schedule | Pension Plan Puppets

2015 Memorial Cup - Kelowna Rockets 3 vs. Quebec Remparts 4 | Pension Plan Puppets

Things! Are happening! In Quebec City! Stayed tuned to PPP! For more Memorial Cup coverage! (and! for more! overuse of! exclaimation points!! at least! from me! I can't speak for! anyone else here!!!)

Prospects:

Canadiens 2015 Draft Targets: Jakub Zboril | Eyes On The Prize

Interesting D prospect possibly available when the Leafs pick.

2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #22 - Evgeni Svechnikov | The Cannon

Also possibly available when the Leafs pick.

2015 NHL Draft Profile And Scouting Report: Center Kyle Connor | Defending Big D

This high scoring USHL centre, on the other hand, won't be available.

Filip Ahl: 2015 Draft Prospect Profile | In Lou We Trust

ECF Links:

Game Recaps:

Rangers vs. Lightning Recap: Rangers Blowout Lightning, Send Series Back to New York Tied | Blueshirt Banter

Other ECF links:

Joel Quenneville's series of rash Game 3 adjustments did not work | Second City Hockey

Mark Barberio, forgotten member of the Tampa Bay Lightning | Raw Charge

#FreeBarberio? Are we going there? Too late, I've already gone there.

Chicago Blackhawks defense active against Anaheim Ducks says Claude Noel | NHL.com

Chicago D very good and very active getting into the zone to help the O

Blackhawks recall Trevor van Riemsdyk from the AHL | Second City Hockey

TvR getting in on that action.

Behind Enemy Lines: 5 More Questions with Raw Charge | Blueshirt Banter

Other NHL news:

Gary Bettman claims ‘no evidence yet’ that concussions, CTE linked | Puck Daddy

Featuring some very carefully worded claims by Bettman.

Breaking Down the Dallas Stars Core: What Can Raw Numbers Tell Us About Jamie Benn? | Defending Big D

2015-16 NHL salary cap expected to be around $71 million, Gary Bettman says | Broad Street Hockey

Report: Five years, $15M for McLellan in Edmonton | ProHockeyTalk

Probably wishes he waited until Babcock signed before agreeing to anything (this deal would still make him the second highest paid coach behind The Rooster).

Duhatschek: Babcock’s big deal is the exception, not the new norm - The Globe and Mail

Counterpoint.

Bruins sign Finnish forward Joonas Kemppainen to one-year deal | Stanley Cup of Chowder

Zeitgeist: Sabres seek permission to interview other Babcocks for vacant coaching position | Lighthouse Hockey

Sounds like a great idea, PPP Reader Tim Murray!