Off-Day Watch 9/25: Did You Have Mascot Induced Nightmares, Too?

So, everyone’s sleep was disturbed by something large and orange and jiggly, right? It wasn’t just me?

There’s a new NHL mascot in town. We turn now to Broad Street Hockey to get their feelings on Gritty:

I think they’re all in, y’all.

I need to go vacation on a mountain to get that out of my head. It’s the eyes, man. They see you everywhere you go.

Suddenly, Bailey having abs isn’t quite so terrifying.

Kings Things

The Kings are making the switch away from AM radio this year. This piece has more information on why that decision was made. Plus, 10 games will be broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 1330 AM. [LA Times]

Craig Custance’s annual goalie ranking, assembled via a poll with GMs, coaches, and goalie coaches, has Jonathan Quick somewhere in the meh tier, with the biggest concern being age and injuries. [The Athletic]

Prospect Akil Thomas is already making a statement in his return to the OHL. He notched one goal and five assists in his first game of the season, matching a career high he set back in his rookie year. [OHL]

Friend of the site Sheng Peng talked with goalie coaches throughout the Pacific, including Dusty Imoo, about developing prospects. [Hockeybuzz]

Elsewhere in the World

While we’re talking mascots, NBC’s got a list of the league’s most absurd mascots. Gritty, somehow, isn’t number one. [NBC Sports]

The Golden Knights have signed Shea Theodore to a new 7-year contract. [Knights on Ice]

Caroline Ouellette, the all-time leading scorer in CWHL history, announced her retirement from professional hockey. She will continue to coach with Les Canadiennes and with the Concordia Stingers. [Eyes on the Prize]

The Carolina Hurricanes are taking two trucks full of donations to New Bern, NC, to help out in the devastation from Hurricane Florence. Additionally, special lower bowl tickets are being made available for the games on October 7 and October 9, with proceeds benefiting the State of North Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund. [NHL]

Seattle inches closer to being ready for an NHL team, as the city council approved a renovation project for KeyArena. [Toronto Sun]