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Training camps have been cancelled, the preseason has been cancelled, The Mindy Project may be cancelled. Head for the hills!
Before we hit the links, we're happy to announce that Mitch (http://twitter.com/Mitch_SBMedia) will be joining us as the new morning links guy. Following in the big steps of the Stanchion (who works for something called a "newspaper") and Jordan from last season, he'll make sure you don't miss any of the big news of the day plus whatever else he wants to share. Also relevant: he still hates Mark Messier. We're happy to give him a home.
On to what's new in the world.
>> The Juicy Hammer drops by a Midget Triple-A team in North Vancouver and Bieksa straight-armed a kid. Because, well, wouldn't you? [Windsor Star]
>> Suspect IRIT-00001 is no longer on the run. (sigh) [National Post]
>> Did you know Gary Bettman was once trapped in the Canucks locker room? [Puck Daddy]
>> It's national jersey day. Guess which NHL team has plenty of past marketing goofs to masquerade as a celebration? [canucks.com]
>> The CBA talks are set to resume today and push through the weekend, with only minor breaks to check on various college and NFL fantasy teams. Priorities please. [TSN]
>> Five GM's who could stone up and end this nonsense almost on their own. [Fighting for Stanley]
>> 11 people who need to be laid off from the NHL. You can't argue with any of them. [SLGT]
>> Byfuglien blames his legal problems on the fact he now has his own gravitational pull. [Winnipeg Sun]
>> Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. Daryl Katz. [Cult of Hockey]
>> The five worst signings of the summer (spoiler alert: Vancouver isn't in there, but Calgary is). [Hockey Prospectus]
>> May as well get one last jab in on the only other professional sports problem that's about to end: the best memes from the NFL Referee Lockout. [Daily Dot]