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It's the 28th anniversary of the Wayne Gretzky trade today. Go bring it up to an old Oilers fan.

Wayne Gretzky: The Trade | 25th Anniversary of The Wayne Gretzky Trade
An old article, but still a great look back on this day that....well is a little overblown and overdramatic about "what it did to Canada". Fuck the Oilers.

Off-Season Leafs Links

Toronto Maple Leafs: Top 5 General Managers in Franchise History - Tip of the Tower
Spoiler: JFJ is not one of them

TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #20 Garret Sparks | The LeafsNation
TLN Looks at the top 20 prospects, NHLers need not apply.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Jared Cowen Situation Thoughts - Editor in Leaf
"This could be bad. Or good."

NHL-Spieler in Genf: Spaling soll Servette verstärken - NZZ Sport
"is expected to be completed the ensemble now from Canadians Nick Spaling (27). The polyvalent Defensive striker and Bully specialist graduated from Nashville, Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Jose 494 NHL games (55 goals / 81 assists); with the Sharks he was still in June in the Stanley Cup Final. His signature in Geneva is considered a formality."

Non-Leafs Links

Montreal Canadiens 2016 Top 25 Under 25: Introduction - Eyes On The Prize
EOTP kicks off their countdown

Pensburgh 2016 Top 25 Under 25: #23 - 20 - PensBurgh
Penguins prospects so bad they have to bunch them up.

89 Champs: Where Are They Now: Rob Ramage - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Should I look back at the last Leafs champs? Dead, dead, dead, old, dead..

Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent next week - Die By The Blade
I can't wait for him not to sign in Buffalo. It's going to be hilarious.

Dallas Stars Future Outlook: Summer 2016 Edition - Defending Big D
"Bright, wear shades"

Fourth annual New York Rangers Top 25 Under 25 (Part one) - Blue Seat Blogs :: Blue Seat Blogs
A non-SBN T25 kicks off for the Rangers

Summer Reading: Jeremy Roenick Wrote Two Books | Barry Melrose Rocks
Surprisingly they are NOT board books.

Todd Woodcroft is the new assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets - Arctic Ice Hockey
Add all the coaches you want, you still won't make the playoffs.

Ryspayev banned until further notice : News : Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
That shitstain that punched or tried to punch every member of HC Kunlun Red Star has been suspended indefinitely by the KHL.

Finally, did you see the comeback the women's team made in basketball yesterday? Holy crap. Thank you Canada's women's teams. Doing shit and dominating since the men can't.

Kia Nurse powers comeback as Canada beats Serbia in women's basketball

Also Canada's womens team won the first bronze medal in Rugby Sevens!

Go Canada Go!