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Daily Links for Wednesday, July 21

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"I'd also like to announce that I've been secretly posting on Die By The Blade as the user VeZiNa_BoYee69 for the past year."
"I'd also like to announce that I've been secretly posting on Die By The Blade as the user VeZiNa_BoYee69 for the past year."

During the dog days of summer, when hockey news is scarce, I'll be trying something different with the links once a week. It might have to do with playing or watching hockey, fantasy sports, the mind of a player or fan, or, like today's case, commenting about hockey on the internet.

The anonymity of the internet allows for anyone to be as nice or nasty as they want to, with little to no repercussions. Does this annoy you? Do you find yourself being a bit (or much) more mean than you would be to someone in real life? How would you feel if SB Nation forced you to post under your real name instead of a pseudonym - or if you already do, does it matter to you at all? Sound off in the comments!

News sites reining in nasty user comments - CNN
User comments on news sites, while vital to interactive storytelling in the digital age, often read like scribblings on a bathroom stall: anonymous, offensive and full of hate.

Is It That Bad Using Your Real Name On The Internet? - Kotaku
The all-around awesome video game company Blizzard recently overturned an extremely controversial decision to force all users on their forums to post under their real names. This post was written by a gaming journalist; to see what the users think, click here.

*Don't worry, after the break we still have Sabres links, NHL news, and a Kovalchuk contract rejection?!

Some fun with numbers courtesy of Tim Connolly.

NHL rejects Kovalchuk contract for salary cap circumvention - TSN
The NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102 million contract on the grounds that it circumvents the NHL's salary cap.

NHL Rejects Ilya Kovalchuk Contract with New Jersey - Why? & Why Now? - In Lou We Trust
The NHL rejected Ilya Kovalchuk's contract this evening - AFTER the Devils have announced it with a press conference. I am stunned with not only why this is happening but also with why this is happening now.

Five revelations about Kovalchuk's sympathy for the Devils' money - Puck Daddy
Wysh pens a novel about Kovalchuk's glorious return. Possibly dated with the contract rejection.

Tampa Bay adds Gagne to burgeoning arsenal -
The Lightning have acquired veteran forward Simon Gagne from the Flyers in exchange for Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick in the 2011 Draft. I know it was a day or two ago, but that's life. Insert sad emoticon.

NHL records that aren't meant to be broken -
Some records simply are not meant to be broken. looks at some marks that aren't likely to be eclipsed any time soon -- if ever.