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From the Branches: Labour Day weekend

Hopefully your Labour Day weekend is free of labour.

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Before there was JvR, there was Kabby.
Before there was JvR, there was Kabby.
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Here's some random news from around the league.

Zetterberg on Babcock: 'It was time' for change in Detroit - Sportsnet.ca
While the signing of ex-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock marked a big step for the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs it also ushered in a new era in Detroit. A necessary fresh start, says Henrik Zetterberg.

Why it's tougher than ever to become an NHL referee - Sportsnet.ca
It’s a new National Hockey League season and there's a fresh crop of zebras, as the transformation of the NHL’s officiating department continues.

Red Wings Sign Dan Cleary, Stupidly Waste Roster/Cap/Contract Space - Winging It In Motown
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Islanders draft pick Ryan Pilon leaves his junior team for personal reasons - Lighthouse Hockey
The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that defenseman Ryan Pilon, who was selected by the Islanders in the fifth round of this summer's draft, has left the team for personal reasons. He is the cousin of former longtime Islander Rich Pilon.

Former NHL stars finding another niche in wine-making world - The Globe and Mail
For some reason or another NHLers seem drawn to wine, several of them take so seriously that they start their own labels

Rich Peverley Announces Retirement, Will Join Dallas Stars Player Development Staff - Defending Big D
The former Stars forward will work with amateur prospects in junior hockey and the NCAA after hanging up the skates.

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