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From the Branches: Last links post before training camp

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Hockey’s so close! But David Pastrnak is still far away.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Happy Thursday, PPP! I spent last night watching the Philadelphia Flyers rookies and squealing like a little girl, but don’t worry, I still had time to collect some links for you. Today is the last day of the offseason, and I for one am ready for hockey. Extremely ready. So ready I can practically taste it.

By the way, if you have ideas as to what hockey tastes like, please include them in the comments. I’m guessing something maple-flavored.

In other news, rumors about training camp holdouts are flying around. The best ones all involve David Pastrnak, because laughing at the Bruins is a favorite hobby of mine.

Take your time, Bruins. That’s definitely the right move here.

On to your links!

ICYMI

What does point per game player in the AHL really mean? - Pension Plan Puppets
And how many are there, anyway?

The Big Muddle: Where do the Leafs finish in a wide-open league? - Pension Plan Puppets
There’s a world of possibilities ahead of the Leafs.

Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Eagles coming to a TV near you - Pension Plan Puppets
Assuming that TV can stream ESPN3.

Stuff We Didn’t Write

Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mount Pearl’s Roper as assistant equipment manager
In what can only be described as an meteoric rise through the ranks, Mount Pearl’s Dave Roper has been hired as an assistant equipment manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs, The Telegram has learned

Calgary Flames go on a power play against city with arena proposal - The Globe and Mail
Team demands that the city pay a big proportion of new rink costs while exempting it from rent and property taxes, source says

Morgan Frost OK with being ‘under the radar’ in Nolan Patrick’s shadow
The other first-round pick of the Flyers this year is ready to make some noise.

Colorado Avalanche to retire Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 - Mile High Hockey
My biggest takeaway from this piece is hysterical weeping at the thought of $23 tickets.

Down Goes Brown: Five one-team stars who went down with the ship
It's far less common for a star to go down with the ship, playing out their final seasons with the only team they've ever known even though they realize they don't have a shot at finishing with a Cup or even a playoff run. But it's not unheard of – Shane Doan's recent retirement was one example. Here are five more.