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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - April 11th, 2013


CBC's Thirty Thoughts are always worth a read.

I couldn't help thinking of Calgary when Jean-Sebastien Giguere ripped the Colorado Avalanche's give-a-care meter. The Flames were criticized for talking about playoffs next season because fans believed it showed a lack of commitment toward a true rebuild. Giguere was angry because no matter what a team's record, the players and the organization should never allow losing to become acceptable. When you're developing, say, a Sven Baertschi or a Nathan MacKinnon, that's the tone that must be set. Maybe "playoffs" wasn't the right word, but it's the right mentality.

Rob Blake had a house fire (with a picture of the wreck).

When Rob Blake played in the NHL, the only Lightning he had to worry about came from Tampa Bay.

That changed Tuesday night when a lightning bolt destroyed a guest house at his property on 506 Radical Road west of Port Dover.

Dale Hunt, who lives in a home on the Blake estate, called in the alarm shortly after 9 p.m.

Hunt reports that lightning jolted the property around 9:10 p.m. The strike was so close that Hunt was tempted to go outside and see if there was any damage. The storm, however, was so intense that she stayed inside.

The Oilers will be staying in Edmonton for 35 years.

Even though the money is not all in place, Edmonton city council gave approval Wednesday to a deal that would see a new downtown arena built for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

Councillors voted 10-3 in favour of the master agreement with Oilers owner Daryl Katz. The pact would see the Oilers stay in the city for the next 35 years.

A goalie got into trouble with the law, he'll be serving time in jail.

A former Brock University goalie who was once revered in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for sexual assaulting a sleeping woman.

“This is conduct on your behalf that is simply not tolerated in our society and can never be tolerated in this society," Judge Patrick Flynn told Mark Yetman.

Yetman, 24, pleaded guilty to sexual assaulting a woman on Jan. 25, 2010.