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"Let me tell you something. Don't let them promote you. Don't let them do *anything* that puts you on the bridge of that ship!"
"Let me tell you something. Don't let them promote you. Don't let them do *anything* that puts you on the bridge of that ship!"
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It's another quiet weekend in the world of hockey. Even our friends in Perth have the weekend off. There have been a few signings across the league, mostly RFA's, and the details of the ECHL's realignment have come out, but, overall, it's just another summer weekend.

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