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FlightZone: Happy Birthday Carey Price!

Yeah, it's a slow news day.

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Incredibly awesome goaltender and charity wunderkind Carey Price celebrates his 28th birthday (he's just 28!!) today. The NHL's official Twitter account went with "Habby Birthday", which is a delightfully terrible pun:

And now the news.

Central Division

Ryan Garbutt was actually a useful forward for the Dallas Stars, including on the penalty kill. Our Texan friends have a look at who might replace him there. Colton Sceviour would be especially interesting, I think. (Defending Big D)

Derek Neumeier thinks that Antti Niemi may be primed to outright seize the number one job, which sounds about right if you assume that Kari Lehtonen will have a second consecutive horrendous season. I'm not so sure about that. (The Hockey Writers)

The world needs more corn mazes based on NHL team logos, and this one from Minnesota is pretty cool. (Bring Me The News)

Our Wild friends give us five reasons to doubt the team going into 2015-16. Most of it is quite manageable, but that stagnant power play and lack of cap flexibility are more than minor nuisances. (Hockey Wilderness)

Lest you think the prospect ranking postings are over, here's a quick look at who the Nashville Predators nabbed. Alexandre Carrier is a real interesting defenceman, and we can add both Karel Vejmelka and Evan Smith to the Tennessean goaltender factory. (Hockey's Future)

And All The Rest

If you're curious about just what the NHL/MLBAM partnership will mean, this interview with NHL COO John Collins is for you. Most importantly, it sounds as if Vines and GIFs will still be okay moving forward. Hopefully. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Boston / Cody Franson rumours are getting to the 'just kiss already' stage, but alas, we may have to wait a while longer. Also, if I'm the Bruins, I look to see if I can get away with inviting Jonas Gustavsson to training camp. (The Hockey News)

Here's our first look at Jack Eichel in full Sabres regalia, and news of his sponsorship deal with Bauer Hockey to boot. (Buffalo News)

Here are the Penguins' top 5 prospects, according to that other NHL Crosby. Luckily for this list, Brian Dumoulin and Derrick Pouliot still seem to qualify, though Oskar Sundqvist, Matt Murray and Daniel Sprong are a fine way to round things out. If this were a Top 10 however, it may start looking rather barren. (NHL)

If we give Chevy flak for a lack of action on the Buff and Ladd fronts, we need to be hard on Tampa Bay Lightning GM Stevey Y for the same with Steven Stamkos, no? (ProHockeyTalk)

I've had a soft spot for Slater Koekkoek ever since his draft year, but I'll be surprised if he ends up making the Lightning roster this season. (ProHockeyTalk)

Well now this is interesting: "Hall of Famer Pavel Bure is spearheading the premier season of the World Legends Hockey League." It doesn't sound as if there are any games currently planned for North America, which makes sense considering how while Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany are on board, there is there is no Team Canada or USA this season. But should they ever cross the pond, this is something I'd go and watch. (Sports Illustrated)

That moment when you confuse Cory Schneider for Roberto Luongo while asking for the latter's autograph via mail. Unsurprisingly, Luongo was a good sport about it. (The Score)

And finally, do you remember that "five best goaltending prospects in the world" list from The Hockey News which featured Jacob Markstrom, Thatcher Demko and Zach Fucale? Yeah, here's a better one, with sensible stipulations and fifty goaltending prospect profiles. The thing I love about a good prospect rankings list is that you can almost always learn something new. In addition to individual player notes, I hadn't till now fully realized both the Blues' and Islanders' surprisingly solid organizational goaltending depth. The list also includes not two, but three Jets prospects! (InGoal Magazine)

Thanks for reading! Stick-tap to Stu_c for pointing that last article out to me in the Comments section of yesterday's FlightZone. Remember folks, if ever there's an article or news item I missed which you thought was of interest, please do post it below. If I deem it worthy, look for the link in the next day's iteration.

Now might be a good time to say how flattery and/or monetary bribes will get you everywhere. Especially monetary bribes.