Mar 8, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Rich Clune (16) skates off the ice in a game against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Oilers 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 9th 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 28, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate after left wing Nick Foligno (71, hidden) scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. The Penguins won the game 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Goalie Mask Wars – Both Fredrick Andersen and John Gibson have selected fun pop-culture influenced goalie mask designs; Andersen going with a Lego mask, and Gibson appealing more to video game fans with a Pacman mask. Pucks Of A Feather has an overview of both designs, as well as a poll to see which one is better. [ Pucks Of A Feather ]
  • Are More Stadium Series Games Needed – Every NHL market wants to get the opportunity to host an outdoor game, and last year the NHL was willing oblige more markets than ever. It was likely a ploy to make up lost revenue from the 2012 lockout. This season, it appears the NHL has reduced the outdoor games back to just one stadium series match up and the Winter Classic. Frank Walker argues that more games are needed and the reduction of the number of games is a bit of a letdown. [ TMMOTS ]
  • Best Videos of the Columbus Blue Jackets Prospects – Union and Blue has a post with videos of several Columbus Blue Jackets prospects, including game footage, interviews, and them out in the community. [ Union and Blue ]
  • Rich Clune Opens Up About Sobriety – Rich Clune of the Nashville Predators is a recovering alcoholic. This is something he first opened up about in 2013 with ESPN. Clune recently recorded a 30 minute confessional in where he talks about his journey to sobriety, as well as life after opening up to ESPN.  [ Puck Daddy ]

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