May 14, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Daniel Winnik (34) reaches for the puck in the second period in game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 5th Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs.  So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts! 

Apr 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) skates against the Anaheim Ducks during game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Ducks defeated the Stars 5-4 and win the series 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

  • New York Americans – A little plug for our quick writeup on New York’s first NHL franchise, the New York Americans. The Amerks struggled both at the box office and on the ice in their 20 years as a franchise. When World War II broke out, the Amerks suspended operations, but fully intended to resume play after the war. The NHL changed their mind after the war, and the team never returned. [ TMMOTS ]
  • Talent Gap Between the Western and Eastern Conferences Widening In Free Agency – The west my once again be the best during the 2014-15 season, or so says Bleacher Report. With the Dallas Stars making big moves, and better talent moving to the West, it would appear that the Western Conference will be the favorite to contend in 2014-15. [ Bleacher Report ]
  • Top 5 Americans for the Anaheim Ducks – Pucks Of A Feather celebrated the 4th of July by listing the top 5 Americans who have played for the Anaheim Ducks. [ Pucks Of A Feather ]

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