[Bits] AMac & Okposo Get A's, CMac & Brock Bond, Phil Gets Paid

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Hey, the season started last night. Not sure if you knew that.

Islanders News:

    Season Previews Worth Reading:

    • Down Goes Brown on team slogans, locks and question marks for the season. [Grantland]
    • Sam Page of Sports Illustrated with some alternate predictions including what Darren Dreger will do next to undermine his credibility. [Extra Mustard]
    • Lead Sporting News NHL writer (and great Twitter follow) Sean Gentille on the NHL story lines you'll be sick of this season. [Sporting News]

    Elsewhere:

    • The first game of the year was 5/6ths old when we saw out first scary injury. Montreal's George Parros hit the ice face first while trying to land a punch on the Leafs' Colton Orr. Parros left Bell Centre on a stretcher and the Habs announced later that he had sustained a concussion. Tough guys. [SB Nation]
    • Phil Kessel will remain a Maple Leaf for the next eight seasons, signing a $64 million contract extension yesterday. Very good goal scorer, very bad interview. The Leafs paid handsomely for one of those things. [TSN]
    • Captain Crunches: The Sabres will split the "C" this year between pending UFA's Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott. Fun fact: the Devils named Zach Parise captain the year before he was a UFA. Whatever happened to... oh. Also, every member of the Edmonton Oilers will be an alternate captain this year. [SB Nation NHL]
    • Personal favorite Marty St. Louis is the new Lightning captain. [Raw Charge]
    • Some in-depth defense analysis from Jets Nation; Swarm versus Man to Man. [Jets Nation]
    • Doug Gilmour was a low-down dirty diver! According to Pension Plan Puppets. Waitwhat. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
    • Elliotte Friedmans's Essential 30 Thoughts Column. [CBC Sports]
    • Finally, this interview with Predators forward Rich Clune by George Scoville of On The Forecheck is absolutely fascinating. Clune is shockingly open about his desire to be the NHL's next best pest, his admiration for Sean Avery, which is the worst penalty box to sit in (Dallas: "The fans have a low IQ in that section") and several other topics. It's really worth your time. I hope the NHLPA's Boring Interview Police don't shut Clune up in the future. [On The Forecheck]

    Here's the really cool intro from last night's Hockey Night in Canada opener.

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