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]