Morning Links: Day 13 of the lockout

  • More than 1,200 fans watched the first game of La Tournee des Joueurs or The Players Tour on Thursday night for the charity hockey tour organized by Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais. (Montreal Gazette)

  • Dustin Byfuglien said his legal problems stemming from being charged with driving a boat while intoxicated in August 2011 were a “pain.” (Winnipeg Sun)

  • Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis surprised Midget Triple-A team the Storm on Thursday, taking part in their hour-long practice and sparking a lot of smiles. (The Vancouver Sun)

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is ready to follow in Jason Spezza’s footsteps and use his time in the AHL to boost his confidence in the NHL. (The Globe and Mail)

  • The Leafs’ Nazem Kadri says playing in the AHL gives him a leg up on the competition once the NHL lockout ends. (The Globe and Mail)

  • Senators GM Bryan Murray is happy to see some of his players getting game competition in Europe, but he can’t influence any of his players’ decisions. (Ottawa Sun)

  • Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo plans to use his time in the AHL to become a more productive player and not just a fighter. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Tanner Glass is on the ice with some of his new Penguins’ teammates four days a week, but the lockout still means he has an abbreviated time to learn his new team’s system. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • Luke Richardson and his wife are beginning a new chapter of their life as Luke has his first professional head coaching job with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. (Ottawa Citizen)