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Mason Raymond did a pretty thing, Hurricanes sale moves forward, and more in today’s links

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Morning, friends! It’s still August and the Maple Leafs aren’t doing anything fun, so while you hang around waiting for today’s installment of the Top 25 Under 25, watch this video of ex-Leaf Mason Raymond playing for Team Canada in one of the lead-up tournaments before the Pyeongchang Olympics.

He picks up that puck on his stick and tosses it over the goalie’s shoulder like he’s shoveling snow. If he can pull off something like this at the tournament, maybe the men’s games won’t be a total snoozefest.

On to your links!

ICYMI

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Stuff We Didn’t Write

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