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Tuesday Morning HotLinks: The Bryan Bickell Story

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Hotlinks are deep-fried today, come and get em!

Bryan Bickell contributes a great piece on how he learned he was diagnosed with MS. He elaborates on what the symptoms were, how he told his family, and how they’re handling it. It’s a tragedy but at least he sounds like he has no regrets. (The Players Tribune)

An in-depth comparison about the Oilers turnaround. Was it Chiarelli or Connor McDavid? It’s a pretty easy question to answer and this piece takes the correct stance. (The Hockey Writers)

With Andrej Sekera out until who-knows-when, maybe Cody Franson is the answer. Yes, I have been saying this for a while now, and as long as other writers keep bringing it up, I’m going to keep posting it. (Oil on Whyte)

Anton Slepyshev had a very interesting rookie season. David Staples takes on the task of trying to pick it apart with both regular and fancy-stats. Shockingly, it even includes a poll. (Edmonton Journal)

How has Jesse Puljujarvi looked so far? Where does he project to stack up against his peers? This piece has some information that you should really check up on. You’re going to need to know as much as you can about this particular player for.... um... no reason... (Lowetide)

Speaking of that ‘no reason’ our Top25 Under25 hit an unexpected hurdle. Because this is Alberta, we had a slight accounting error. If a piece doesn’t appear on the site today, I formally apologize on behalf of our staff, and assure you that we are working to have it up shortly. If one does appear, I will delete this apology, link the piece and pretend that nothing was ever in question.

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