Dale Tallon with Erik Gudbranson. Source: On Frozen Pond

REDlines: Wrapping Up The Weekend. Giddy About "G".

Today’s music choice is a song I heard in the car over the weekend.  Woods by The Rosebuds.

The announcement of the Florida Panthers finally signing young defenceman Erik Gudbranson on Friday was a great way to end the week.  Gudbranson’s deal is for three years at $900,000 base (provided he plays 10 games this season), and performance and bonus incentives adding up to $2.3 million per year, totaling $9.6 million of potential earnings.  Certainly enough money to take Little Miss Rat Trick to the senior prom next spring!

Proving that I’m not the only one who has a “man crush” on Erik, I’m starting off the links with just a few 100 stories about his signing.  After the jump.

What’s happening in Sunrise:

Harvey Fialkov was one of the first to announce the deal.  Sun-Sentinel.

George Richards quickly posted the interview.   On Frozen Pond.

Dan Spiegel thinks this was a great signing too, as did the The National Post .

Youth has been served says Pro Hockey Talk.

Rocco Grimaldi is going to be a fan favourite.  Sun-Sentinel.

Around the NHL:

Did Nathan Horton lose the Stanley Cup yesterday?  Puck Daddy.

The Hawks sign Michael Frolik among others.  Good for him.  Second City Hockey.

Speaking of the Hawks, they are going to make another run at the Cup.  TSN.ca.

Sid is skating again which is good news for Penguin fans.  NHL.com.

Ex-Panther Pavel Bure makes the NHL.com list of the most exciting players.

Patrick Kane will need 6-8 weeks to recover from wrist surgery.  The Hockey News.  Meanwhile Krissy is still out 4-6 months!

The FanSided Top 5:

Bruins writer Steve Kendall looks at how Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton did this year.  Causeway Crowd.

Martin St. Louis has been a perfect example of hard work and determination.  Bolts By The Bay.

Breaking down the Northeast division.  SenShot.

Hockey at the Forks asks if someone can please win a faceoff.

Edmonton takes a look ahead at Ryan Smyth Oil on Whyte.

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