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Links From Around the NHL, May 22nd, 2013

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Bruce Bennett

Sandie called in sick today, so I'm pinch hitting in the Cupcake department. Try to disguise your disappointment, please.

SI has article slideshow listing some notable Hall of Fame players who became coaches which seems oddly relevant to our interests. Spolier alert: out of 11 listed, three had a winning record in their coaching career - Jacques Lemaire, Bill Barber and Gerry Cheevers. Cheevers is also notable as one of the few former goalies to have success behind the bench.

Sticking with the coaching theme, the Predators have hired one of my favorite players to be an assistant coach. Defenseman Phil Housley was a scoring machine in his career, scoring 50+ points 15 times. Only three defensemen have more career points, but he was not known for his, um, defensive acumen and so far the Hall of Fame has eluded him.

Former Avalanche forward Wojtek Wolski is going to the KHL, signing with the Torpedo of Nizhny Novgorod. If you don't know much about the Torpedos, I'm not sure I can be of much help because I don't either. Although it will be exciting to see if Wolski can generate some chemistry on a line with Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev and Alexander Yevseyenkov. Ha ha, one of those guys is actually a defensemen, idiots.

Future Avalanche Seth Jones isn't the only potential first rounder with some interesting family pedigree. Defenseman Darnell Nurse is the nephew of former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. And Tie Domi's son Max has some mad skills as well (no really, check that out). And Warren Rychel's son, Kerby, is another prospect who doesn't suck. I'm sure there's more that I'm missing...I mean, deliberately not mentioning due to...time constraints.

Happy Hump Day, people