Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL. The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.
Don’t worry, Red Wings fans! Sure, your city went bankrupt but that won’t stop the new arena from being built. Huzzah!:
A state board on Wednesday unanimously gave the go-ahead for a new Red Wings hockey arena in downtown Detroit to be paid for in part with $284 million in tax dollars even as the broke city works through bankruptcy proceedings.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others defended against criticism that the $650 million project should be financed entirely with private money because the city currently can’t provide basic services and retirees are facing cuts in their pensions. The 18,000-seat arena is designed to be a catalyst for more development and to link downtown and midtown, turning a blighted area into a business, residential and entertainment district.
The Canucks are set to retire “The Russian Rocket” Pavel Bure’s #10 jersey this season:
Pavel Burewas back here Tuesday, and again the man dubbed the “Russian Rocket” brought Canucks fans out of their seats when the team announced his No. 10 jersey would be retired and raised to the rafters of Rogers Arena.
After a short video tribute, Bure emerged from behind the crowd at the annual Summer Summit event for season-ticket holders, high-fiving fans on his way to the stage for the announcement and later taking questions from them. Several started with declarations he was the reason they became fans — of the Canucks and hockey — in the first place.
Mike Gillis is trying as hard as he can to convince Roberto Luongo that they choo-choo-choose him:
Embroiled in a long battle for playing time with fellow netminder Cory Schneider that dates back to before the Canucks’ 2011 Stanley Cup Final run, Luongo spent the better part of the past 12 months addressing trade speculation.
However, at last month’s NHL Draft, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis would make a shocking move – dealing Schneider instead of Luongo.
And finally, there’s a “My Little Blackhawk” tumblr and it is just the best ever. If you want to see Blackhawks as My Little Ponies, then this is for you:
Tumblr is a strange and fascinating landscape, home to all sorts of oddities. There’s a Tumblr that photoshops tacos onto album covers. There’s one dedicated solely to animated gifs of people eating in reverse. There’s one that just posts the same picture of Dave Coulier every day. (Yahoo! Sports has its own Tumblr, too.)
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