Blake’s Takes: The 2021-22 Season is Underway

The 2021-22 NHL season has officially begun. It’s been an exciting first week. The Seattle Kraken took the ice for the very first time as an NHL team. NHL GMs decided to get some last-minute work in signing a few massive extensions, too. So many extensions in fact I won’t be able to get to all of them this week. I will provide my two cents on the Kraken, one extension, as well as a few other notable stories around the NHL.

Happy Monday!

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Blake’s Takes: NHL Players Return to the Olympics

I took a two-week hiatus but I’m back. Hockey news did not stop while I was away. The most notable news was that the NHL will allow the players to return to the Olympics in 2022. That’s incredibly exciting. In this week’s column, I’ll also explore some offer sheet drama, one of my favorite uniforms, and an unfortunate retirement.

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Blake’s Takes: Kaprizov to KHL?

This week’s main headline is Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild’s contractual stalemate. Will the Russian phenom really return to the KHL? I’ll add my two cents this week on the matter.

I’ll also continue catching up on a few of the major trades and acquisitions from the last few weeks.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Blake’s Takes: Stanley Cup Final Set

The Stanley Cup Finals are set. The defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning will square off against the underdog Montreal Canadiens. I’m excited to watch such an interesting matchup. If Tampa Bay wins, they’ll be the first team since 2017 to win back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships. If Montreal wins, they’ll be the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since they did it back in 1993. Game One is tonight. Buckle your seatbelts. 

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Blake’s Takes: The Week of Tom Wilson

This was one of the more exciting weeks in the NHL. The main headline was the drama surrounding Tom Wilson wreaking havoc on the New York Rangers. Wilson was a one-man wrecking crew, cross-checking and punching guys every chance he got. I’ll go into detail about his high-profile week and why his wallet isn’t as light as it should be.

Outside of Wilson, some of the league’s brightest stars reached historic milestones. If you think hard enough, you can guess who those players are. Keep reading for a great edition of Blake’s Takes.

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Blake’s Takes: COVID Hits Multiple NHL Teams

Happy Monday all! It’s a very big week because my birthday is tomorrow. If anyone wants to tell me how much they love me and my writing, Tuesday would be the perfect day. Just shoot me a DM on Twitter. I also accept gifts.

In all seriousness, while I’m very excited to be turning 26, you all want to read about hockey. This week, my takes include COVID running rampant in the NHL, some historic moments for one team, and two of my favorite videos and soundbites of the last few weeks.

Happy birthday to me!

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Blake’s Takes: Sabres Fires Head Coach

There were hockey storylines last week, but they weren’t positive. I’ll report on firings, injuries, and sadly, a tragic loss in the hockey community. There’s no way to sugarcoat this week’s takes. The one glimmer of light is a great highlight from this week. 

Happy Monday!

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Puck Junk Podcast #85: March 11, 2021

Is Alexis Lafreniere Living Up to the Hobby Hype? 

Is New York Rangers rookie and first-overall draft pick Alexis Lafreniere living up to his hobby hype? That is the big topic for this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast. Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss all things Alexis, plus the PSA price increases, new card releases and the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention. The guys also discuss Keith Yandle, Brent Seabrook, Darryl Sutter, Walter Gretzky and Mark Pavelich. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Keith Yandle plays 1000th game (NHL.com)
Walter Gretzky, Father of Wayne Gretzky, Passes Away (ESPN)
Mark Pavelich, Member of “Miracle on Ice”, Found Dead (ESPN)
Barry Beck Blasts Rangers, John Davidson on Facebook (Facebook)
Brent Seabrook Announces Retirement After 15 Seasons (NHL.com)
Calgary Flames Re-Hire Darryl Sutter as Coach (Yahoo)
Upper Deck e-Pack Commercial (iSpot.tv)
Topps Now NHL Sticker Archive (Topps)
President’s Choice Trading Cards Vintage PaperCuts (President’s Choice)
2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Box Set Review (Puck Junk)
41st National Sports Collectors Convention Announcement (Facebook)
2020-21 Parkhurst Hockey Info and Checklist (Beckett)
PSA Raises Prices, Suspends Crossover Service (Sports Collectors Daily)
Woman arrested for Fake Alexis Lafrenière cards (Montreal Gazette
2020-21 Alexis Lafreniere Collection Boxed Set (Cardboard Connection)
Upper Deck Alexis Lafreniere Memorabilia Collection (Upper Deck Store)

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Blake’s Takes: Kane Scores 400th Goal

Last week was an eventful one in the NHL. The only hard thing for me to do was to chose which five topics I wanted to cover. I tried my best to touch on a variety of things. Perhaps the two most important stories were Patrick Kane scoring his 400th career goal and the drama surrounding Artemi Panarin.

Happy Monday!

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Blake’s Takes: Rangers Waive DeAngelo

It was a rather calm week in the NHL. That doesn’t mean I don’t have five awesome takes for you. In this week’s column, I’ll share with you one major surprise around the league, one of the funniest things I saw, and a few of the best goals I saw this week. You can thank me later.

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