Weekly Links: The “Ugly Summer” of the NHL; Calgary’s problematic arena pitch; Andong Song and Chinese hockey; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy!

  • Five NHL teams have reportedly called the Chicago Blackhawks about potential trades for Patrick Kane, who is currently under police invesitgation for rape. Should teams wait until the legal process unfolds before making such inquiries? [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Greg Wyshynski has an excellent examination of what NHL players are (and are not) told about domestic violence and rape in workshops. Clearly the league, NHLPA and teams have much work to do in this area, and it is promising to read that survivors of sexual assault may become part of mandatory training for some teams. [Puck Daddy]
  • Meanwhile, in light of Kane and other players who have had serious off-ice issues this summer, Joshua Kloke examines the “NHL’s ugly summer.” [VICE Sports]
  • Great pieces from Kent Wilson and Katie Baker, respectively, on why the Calgary Flames’ proposal to use public money to help build a new arena complex is highly problematic. [Flames Nation; Grantland]
  • Joe Pack has an in-depth look at Andong Song, the first Chinese NHL draftee, who was taken by the New York Islanders in the 2015 draft. If hockey continues its growth in hockey, Song may well become the poster child for this surge. [VICE Sports]
  • Slava Fetisov, former Soviet star and current Russian politician, is calling for Russian players to be kept in the KHL until the late stages of their careers. Travis Hughes examines the ironic and problematic aspects of this movement. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The CWHL is doing some off-season rebranding and business moves. Mike Burse has all the details in this great post. [Watch This]
  • The New York Islanders will be moving away from their “Ice Girls” concept and having a co-ed ice cleaning team in 2015-16. Ken Campbell applauds the decision. [The Hockey News]
  • A new sitcom called Benders is going to focus on a men’s beer league hockey team. This seems to have the potential to be very good, or very terrible. [Bar Down]
  • Rick Westhead reports on a potential sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose owners are seeking a whopping $750 million for the franchise. [TSN]
  • Allan Muir proposes his “7 Wonders of the Hockey World”: Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman, Bobby Orr, Don Cherry(!), Doc Emerick, Gordie Howe, and Jaromir Jagr. [SI.com]

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