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Canucks and Kings do some house-cleaning, and more in your morning links

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Yesterday, the Canucks and the Kings both shook up their management. The Canucks fired their coach, Willie Desjardins, but the Kings went further--both Coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi were shown the door. It's so exciting! What more shit-cannings does the offseason hold? Will the Colorado Avalanche ever remember that yes, they too can fire people?

In more important news, we've got two days until the Maple Leafs play their first playoff game in four years. I, for one, will be spending today considering what beer pairs the best with takeout Mexican food. You can never plan a menu too far in advance! Please leave your beer recommendations in the comments, if you have them.

And now, some links for your Tuesday:

Maple Leafs News

Game 1 odds have Maple Leafs as underdogs, Canadiens as favourites -
Toronto is a distant +2,500 longshot on the odds to win the Stanley Cup and with just a 2.3 per cent chance to win the title according to

Maple Leaf playoff tickets go on sale Tuesday | Toronto Star
FYI, for any millionaires among us

This Toronto Maple Leafs team has shades of the Capitals’ ‘Young Guns’ past - The Washington Post
"They’re the young, up-and-coming team," Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said.

Leafs can beat the Capitals, if you talk yourself into it: Arthur | Toronto Star
Beating the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals won't be easy, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

Pundits, alumni weigh in on the Maple Leafs' round-one chances against the Washington Capitals | Maple Leafs Hotstove
A roundup of radio takes on the Maple Leafs vs. Capitals first-round series.

News About Other Teams

Darryl Sutter, Dean Lombardi Relieved of Duties with Los Angeles Kings - Jewels From The Crown

Rob Blake is your new GM, and Luc Robitaille is your new club president.

Canucks Fire Willie Desjardins - Nucks Misconduct
Head Coach cut loose after third season with Vancouver

Thornton, Couture return to practice - Fear The Fin
Their return to the lineup on Wednesday remains unconfirmed.

Kids’ hockey program helps newcomers feel more Canadian - The Globe and Mail
Program sponsored by NHL and players’ association helps children new to Canada learn the game and more quickly connect with the wider community