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Dater’s Daily Links: Sounds like Conor Timmins has roster spot clinched



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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Day 8 of quarantine here. Got some fresh groceries being delivered today, with all the ingredients to make my secret, yummy spicy hot spaghetti sauce. Bon appetit!

One week ago I arrived here (technically, it’s the eighth calendar day I’ve been here) and it’s certainly been a unique experience. I have started my novel, a political thriller. I watched all three episodes of “Mean City” on Netflix last night, a show about the Mob in New York City in the ’70s. Did you know I lived as a kid in New York City from approximately 1965-69? And that a rat once leaped into my stroller on the street and bit me? It’s true. That explains everything, right?

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So, about the Avs…

  • They arrive here tomorrow. Everything is really ramping up here around Rogers Place. Good story on that here. The playoffs here are expected to add about 1,500 jobs (Edmonton Journal)
  • Jared Bednar raved again about Conor Timmins in his Zoom call with local media. Bednar said he has “matured” a lot and that his game has progressed to the next level. I think it’s a lock he’ll make the 31-man traveling roster to Edmonton.
  • That roster will be released tomorrow, by the NHL.
  • Gary Bettman says he’s happy the Western playoffs (and the conference finals and Cup finals, for both conferences) is in Edmonton (Edmonton Sun)
  • A huge downpour just started here. Thunder and lightning with it. Kinda cool. Hope Rogers Place doesn’t flood again.
  • Aaron Ekblad hasn’t been practicing with the Florida Panthers, leading to some real worry in South Florida (Florida Hockey Now)
  • John Chayka, mysteriously, seems to be out as Coyotes GM (Sportsnet)
  • Cale Makar returned in a full-contact jersey, but also wore a red one for a bit too. But it’s good news he was back on the ice for all of practice.
  • Nathan MacKinnon returned from a one-day hiatus too.
  • The five worst free-agent signings in Sharks history (San Jose Hockey Now)
  • Sidney Crosby on the mend (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • Everybody, head to Bender’s on Aug. 2 for the Avs-Blues game. I won’t be there, but some of those awesome posters I gave away recently on this site will be raffled off for free to patrons. I still have a bunch more. Bender’s is THE best hockey bar in all of Colorado, verified by the fact that they have poutine on the menu.
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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David Elliott

Thanks Adrian. Means alot to us you made it all the way there and are enduring all those rules.

John Mauss

MacKinnon and Makar are back. And the moose (the one you eat-not Rantinen) was good. How much good news can we stand?

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