Weekly Links: Datsyuk’s departure?; HNIC Punjabi; a sit down with Gary Bettman; and more

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

  • The Magic Man is heading back to Russia to re-connect with his family. A great article on his thinking from [The Detroit Free Press].
  • The Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition is becoming an important part of Canadian hockey culture. [MacLean’s] recently did a piece on the “face” of the broadcast, Harnarayan Singh.
  • Not many people get a 1-on-1 sit down with the NHL’s Commissioner. Melissa Geschwind did and she wrote all about it. [Melissaverse]
  • Goaltender Valerie Lamenta was a stand out superstar this season for the Guelph Gryphons in CIS competition. [Women’s Hockey Life]
  • Is wearing the maple leaf in competition too much pressure for some players? [Canoe]
  • European clubs are getting a little tired of watching their best talent cross the pond for a mere $240,000. The Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (EHC) wants a more equitable arrangement for investing in and grooming future NHL talent. [The Hockey News]
  • Women’s international hockey still lacks a depth of competition, which means that, for the time being, bronze medals are worth their weight in gold. [Along the Boards]
  • First Twitter said that the NHL would be banning GIFs this playoffs, and now apparently they are refuting this report. [Puck Daddy]
  • Read up on the passing of the Flyer’s owner, and Philly favourite, Ed Snider. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL is taking it’s drawn out lawsuit with former referee, Dean Warren, to the Supreme Court of Canada. [TSN]
  • Keith Yandle pens one for [The Player’s Tribune] this week on being a Ranger and prepping for the playoffs.
  • The San Jose Sharks have signed a new goalie, one who moonlights as a male model. [NHL]
  • With no Canadian teams in the post-season, Hockey Night in Canada’s ratings have taken a nose-dive. [The Huffington Post]
  • And, just for fun, [BarDown] summarizes some of our favourite hockey movies in one line.
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