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It's my last official day of vacation, let's celebrate with my third PPP post of the week!

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Thursday Recap

Top 25 Under 25: Johnson lands in North America at No. 12 - Pension Plan Puppets
After three impressive seasons in the SHL, Andreas Johnson is among a small group of Leafs prospects who are next in line for a chance to prove themselves in the NHL.
Tune in at 9:00 am to find out who stalled out at #11.

Crime and punishment: Hitting, penalties and Nazem Kadri - Pension Plan Puppets
Nazem Kadri has a bit of a reputation. He draws a lot of penalties, takes a few himself for diving, and pays some fines. He also takes a lot of hits.
KatyaKnappe with some cogent analysis.

Why Your Team Sucks: Toronto Maple Leafs - Pension Plan Puppets
PPP's 2016 NHL preview begins in last place, with a team we know all too well.
FiftyMissionCap brings us a deadly serious, highly scientific piece of literature. Second in the series drops this afternoon.

Perth Thunder AIHL Finals preview: It's Goodall Cup time - Pension Plan Puppets
The Perth Thunder are close. Really close.
PPP's adopted team have some srs bsns hockey ahead.


Around the League

Bettman on fighting, jersey ads, European expansion, and more - The G&M
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to those issues and more in a recent interview with the Canadian Press
Good ol´ Gary non-committally sidesteps his way through an interview

Blues Announce Leadership Group - St. Louis Game Time
The team’s leadership group for 2016-2017 has been set.

Avalanche’s 7th Head Coach will be Jared Bednar - Mile High Hockey
After a thorough search up and down the hockey coaching ranks, General Manager Joe Sakic finally decided on his coach.
But will his drama/60 be as high as his predecessor's?

Datsyuk bags first KHL goal - The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
It's a beauty.

Early glut of injuries leaves glimmer of hope Wings youth could claim roster spots - Winging It In Motown
Before the reported injuries of defenseman Niklas Kronwall, and forward Tomas Jurco yesterday, we already knew that Teemu Pulkkinen would be missing time due to injury sustained over the summer....
Uh WIIM? You guys okay over there?

Panthers trade Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse to Arizona - Litter Box Cats
Cats get back two picks for Coyotes

Coyotes acquire Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse from Panthers - Five For Howling
The Coyotes have made another addition to their prospect system.

Leafs Legend Dave Bolland heads to the Coyotes where he will be very useful keeping them above the cap floor.


And Finally...

MMM: Magical Marlies Meet-up - Pension Plan Puppets
A date has been picked - Saturday November 19 at 5:00 pm vs the IceCaps. Head on over to confirm with Goldenhawk99. (Or hey, you could meet up with me at the MCC at 8:00pm for Furies vs Canadiennes. Multiple anti-Montreal choices for your weekend.)