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In the words of Mr. Rogers, "What do you do with the mad that you feel?"

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I think that life as a mom forces me to seek decent ways to express rage. When my kid lies about stuff, for example, I can't say what's actually on my mind (which is usually a Pulp Fiction quotation, to be honest, along the lines of "Does Marcellus Wallace LOOK like a ..."). Instead, I reach for some maturity, and say, "Hey, your lies have far-reaching consequences that you need to ponder."

I am feeling this way about hockey this weekend. Although I'd like to punch the sport in the insufferably smug face, I'm too Mom for that. Instead, hockey is grounded. Hockey is in the other room pondering the fact that an athlete's Cup weekend is besmirched by an investigation of a rape he might have committed. And hockey better not come out until it can say something to me that I'll respect.

Until then, here are other things that are going on.

Leafs

Maple Leafs' Bottom 25 Under 25: Nine prospects that weren't ranked by anyone | PPP

Maple Leafs using savvy investment strategy | TSN

Bracco's Team USA goal against Sweden | Youtube

Other stuff

Why Your Team Sucks: Metropolitan Division | BoC via PPP's FiftyMissionCap

Auston Matthews, top NHL draft prospect, signs with Swiss pro team | CBS Sports

NHL's worst gut-punch losses: Islanders, Blue Jackets, and Stars | SI

Report: Veteran Russian d-man Nikulin eyeing NHL move | ProHockeyTalk

Watch Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek make the NHL save of the year, according to NHL.com

Good Stuff by Witty People

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Colorado Avalanche from A to Z

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Chicago Blackhawks from A to Z

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Carolina Hurricanes from A to Z

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Calgary Flames from A to Z

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Buffalo Sabres from A to Z

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Boston Bruins from A to Z

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Arizona Coyotes from A to Z

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Anaheim Ducks from A to Z

That ... Issue

The NHL's Cultural Problem is Our Cultural Problem | WIIM

Baffoe: Patrick Kane Is Not Your Friend | CBS