June 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings former player Wayne Gretzky comes out for the ceremonial puck drop before game three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Dasherboard August 9, 2013

Yesterday, I bragged about how my entire summer is essentially a string of about 62 Fridays in a row.

Well, today you get to shut me up, because everyone knows that Friday is only special because it signals the end of the work week.  If every day was Friday, we wouldn’t love it so much!

(I’m kind of lying here, but that’s beside the point.)

Link time!

Today marks the official 25th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky being traded to Los Angeles.  Head over to The Edmonton Journal for a neat interactive trade tracker that chronicles the complete results of the trade.

Here’s another look at the Gretzky trade; specifically, how it changed hockey in the US. [Bleacher Report]

Summer doldrums: thanks for nothing!  All I’m reading are lists, lists, lists!  Here’s one that actually interested me: the NHL’s most creative players. [Bleacher Report]

Some people feel like having six outdoor games next season is a bit of overkill.  Gary Bettman, of course, disagrees, because you’re always wrong, and he’s always right. [The Hockey News]

(In case you need your memory refreshed or your appetite whet, here’s a quick look ahead to those six outdoor games courtesy of The Hockey News.)

Die By The Blade has started a new series: the top 25 Buffalo Sabres under 25 years of age.  They begin the series by looking at who had to be left off of the list.

Finally, here’s a listen to (and discussion of) an interview Sabres Hockey Hotline conducted with Drew Stafford.  [Hockey Buzz] It’s interesting to hear him discuss how he is approaching the upcoming season.

Enjoy the real Friday, and be good to yourselves tonight!

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