Jan 4, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes left wing Paul Bissonnette (12) and Philadelphia Flyers center Chris Vande Velde (76) watch the puck during the first period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: August 11th 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!

  • Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski‘s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – One of the latest causes to take social media by storm is the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”, where one either donates $100 to an ALS charity, or donate $10 and dump a bucket of ice water on your head. Several NHL players have already taken the challenge, including Sidney Crosby, Craig Adams, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Chris Kreider. Both Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski became the latest NHL players to take part. [TMMOTS]
  • Minnesota Wild among teams interested in Paul Bissonnette – The Minnesota Wild are one of three teams that are trying to work out a contract for free agent Paul Bissonnette. Despite his near celebrity status on Twitter, Bissonnette spent most of last season in the press box for the Phoenix Coyotes, appearing in only 39 games. Bissonnette has played in 202 games over his six year career (five spent with the Coyotes) and has totaled seven goals, 15 assists, and 340 penalty minutes. [Gone Puck Wild]
  • Fans suing NHL over TV rights will get day in court – A group of six fans suing the NHL over TV / streaming rights will get their day in court, after the NHL lost a court motion that would have dismissed their case. One of the plaintiffs case is that he feels that he should not be locked into purchasing a full out-of-market-team package to watch the New York Islanders in Florida or paid channels to watch Islanders games against teams that are blacked out in the Florida area. The NHL Center Ice package, which blacks out “in market” games is also one of the issues in the case. [FanSided]

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