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From the Branches: Bye week blues

Are you enjoying your bye week as much as Awesome Matthews?

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs
James, you’re totally going to choke on that thing some day.

It’s still bye week. Auston Matthews is out boating. The rest of the Leafs are probably doing very similarly exciting things. JvR is probably eating pistachios.

In actual news, Jeremy Bracco was traded from the Kitchener Rangers to the Windsor Spitfires in a deal that included a second round pick in the 2025 draft. Yes, somewhere out there is a 6 year-old whose future hockey career path has been suddenly altered.

Don’t forget to check in if you are attending our Fantastical Furies Festivities on Saturday.

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Policing the digital cartels - Financial Times
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