Friday Chum Bucket: Bulls open season tonight

  • The Sharks' newest ECHL affiliate and the Bay Area's newest (and, as of now, only active) professional hockey team, the San Francisco Bulls, open their first regular season in franchise history tonight at the Cow Palace against the Bakersfield Condors. [SF Bulls]
  • Bad news, everyone! Joe Thornton is "expecting to play the whole season in Switzerland." [Puck Daddy]
  • Why might that be, you ask? Well, pretty much nothing happened at CBA meetings yesterday in New York. As expected, no core economic issues were discussed and, disappointingly, no other meetings are scheduled. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Our own Ann Frazier broke the story on the embarrassment that is the NHL issuing a gag order to official Kings blogger Rich Hammond, barring him from interviewing players during the lockout. That was the impetus for Hammond leaving his post to join the Orange County Register. [Jewels From The Crown]
  • Want to hate everything? Justin Bourne "previews" the games that weren't from opening night 2012. [Backhand Shelf]
  • How much should teams actually be paying for goaltending? [NHL Numbers]
  • For some reason, David Booth continues to hunt innocent animals when there are more than enough NHL team owners out there ripe for the picking. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Finally, in case you missed it yesterday, our friend Matt Taylor could use your help in getting a walk-on role on the next season of Arrested Development. [FanPosts]