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From the Branches: Shanahan redefines Dad Bod

...And there's a bit of ECHL news too in today's FTB.

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Tonight I put down my cellphone, turned to my husband and said, "My friends in Orlando are mostly mid-50 year old guys who report on the Solar Bears. Is this weird?"

"Not for you," Dave said, sighing.

But anyway, Mr. Don Money called to let me know that the Solar Bears C from last year, Stefan Della Rovere, will be playing hockey in Italy next year with HC Valpellice. This means that the Bears have to name a new C, and it's probably going to be Eric Baier again.

Don also told me that Amway Center is going to start requiring season ticket holders to print out their tickets via Ticketmaster, rather than printing booklets. This sounds like a bid to save money, which is probably good. As rich as owners Joe Haleski, Jason Siegel and Bob Ohrablo are, it's probably wise to cut a few corners now that Orlando City is routinely stealing people from the seats.

So, what's happening back up at the big club?

News

Brendan Shanahan has better abs than you | PPP
Even more intriguing picture at the link!

Mike Babcock: "I added up [our] goals the other day… I didn’t like the outcome" | MLHS
Babcock joined Mike Richards in the morning; link to audio and transcription of the interview.

Laraque to play role in live read of 'The Princess Bride' | NHL.com
Laraque will play the role of Fezzik from the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" in a live read at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, director Jason Reitman announced Tuesday via Twitter.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Players to Watch During Rookie Tournament | Tip of the Tower

Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf welcomes Mike Babcock’s changes | Toronto Sun warning
"I’ve talked with Mike about lots of different things. It has been great since he signed, we’ve had some great conversations and talked about (on-ice matters taking precedence)."

NHL Team Preview 2015-16: Toronto Maple Leafs | Sportsnet
Autoplay video warning for cranky people like me.

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Rebuild Season Will Have Roller Coaster of Emotions | Rant Sports
"[T]here will certainly be worries on the roster and it probably starts and ends with captain Dion Phaneuf. If he is put in the right role, he can be a scoring threat on the blue line. However, as most NHL fans are already aware of, he is a defensive liability and not worthy of his hefty contract."

Six things that are likely to happen before NHL training camps open | Sports Illustrated

Crosby, Stamkos feel Oilers' McDavid is 'real deal' | NHL.com
"He's definitely way ahead of where I was at 18," Stamkos said Tuesday during the NHL's annual Player Media Tour. "He's a special talent, and anyone who asks me about him, I just tell them that he's the real deal."

NHL, Blackhawks shun Kane as promotional image | Buffalo News

Blackhawks, Lightning rested after short summer | NHL.com
ALL THE FEELINGS. ALL OF THEM.