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Browsing The Barilkosphere - July 12th Links

Named after former Toronto Maple Leaf great Bill Barilko, the Barilkosphere is a network of blogs and websites devoted to bringing you the news, information, and opinion (and lots of it) regarding the Leafs you crave as a fan. This feature is dedicated to bringing you the best of the Barlikosphere every day except Sunday. So sit back and relax, pour yourself another cup of Joe and enjoy today’s round of fresh links.

New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement

At age 30. From Adam Kimelman of

Initial Blame And Reason: Ilya Kovalchuk’s Retirement

Not sure how you can blame a guy for deciding to do what’s best for his family. From Drew Casey of Pucks and Pitchforks.

Ilya Kovalchuk retires: Analyzing the fallout in both New Jersey, Russia

If I’m Lou Lamoriello, I call Mikhail Grabovski‘s agent RIGHT NOW. From Travis Hughes of SB Nation.

Bozak replies to Cherry, thinks Kessel will stay

“A lot of the criticism I get at least is about puck possession.” Well, that’s part of it. From Mike Johnston of

Carl Gunnarsson joins Mark Fraser in electing salary arbitration

Luckily for the Leafs, defensive defensemen don’t get paid the big bucks. From Cam Charron of The Leafs Nation.

Power Ranking The Panthers New Division

A little surprising to see the Leafs ahead of the Senators. From Nick Hahn of The Rat Trick.

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