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From the Branches: A retirement and a recipe in today’s links

Mike Fisher hangs up his skates, Jakub Chychrun has surgery, and everyone’s annoyed about the Olympics.

Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs

As you may have heard, Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher, also known as Mr. Carrie Underwood, announced his retirement yesterday. While I’m sure we all wish Mr. Fisher the best with his future endeavors, or something, it seems like today is an appropriate day to remember that time PPP temporarily became a food blog and Species made Mike Fisher’s Slap Shot Spaghetti. Please read and enjoy.

Disclaimer: if you choose to replicate that recipe, PPP is not liable for any injuries, illnesses, or other forms of trauma that might result.

For a fun bonus, if you scroll down to the comments, you’ll find a picture of Leafs prospects circa 2014 at a cooking class. William Nylander was so baby-faced then. And now. But then, too.

On to your Friday links!


Timothy Liljegren to attend Leafs training camp and miss start of SHL season: report - Pension Plan Puppets
The question unanswered officially is if he will ever go back to the SHL at all.

A quick fix to increase Connor Carrick's offensive production - Pension Plan Puppets
Connor Carrick's lack of offensive production is worth noting, but it's no reason for concern—yet.

Stuff We Didn’t Write

Dick Pound: NHL’s barring players from Olympics is short-sighted, unfair | Montreal Gazette
I “get” the economic argument. But I also believe that there are at least two larger interests in play.

Buffalo Sabres, Jack Eichel working on 8-year deal, source says | Toronto Star
The 20-year-old Eichel has one season remaining on the entry-level contract he signed after being selected with the second pick in the 2015 draft.

Jakob Chychrun out indefinitely following knee surgery - Five For Howling
The Coyotes announced Jakob Chychrun is out following knee surgery, what does it mean for the team?