Reaction and analysis to some of the action of the opening day of the NHL free agent market.
PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert observes the feeding frenzy that is the opening day of NHL free agency is usually not warranted. Every year, NHL GMs overpay for usually second-tier talent or ageing stars.
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on how players with “off-ice” issues slowly work their way off teams, like Tyler Seguin with the Bruins.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz doesn’t fault Daniel Alfredsson for moving on to the Detroit Red Wings to pursue a Stanley Cup.
SILVER SEVEN: The Alfredsson era is over in Ottawa, the Karlsson-Ryan epoch begins.
HOCKEY BUZZ: Dee Karl slams Hockey Night in Canada analyst Glenn Healy for his criticism of the Islanders re-signing Travis Hamonic to a seven-year deal. Methinks Healy doesn’t pay much attention to his former team these days. They’re not the circus they once used to be.
MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow offers up a last defense of Shawn Horcoff’s tenure as captain of the Oilers.
ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: TJ Maughan on the Winnipeg Jets acquisition of winger Devin Setoguchi.
SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Andrew Hirsh believes Viktor Stalberg could be the forward the Predators need.
BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Analysis of the Flyers bringing back Ray Emery. I believe Emery’s second tour with the Flyers will be better than the first.
HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: Cris Cohen on the minor moves made by the NY Rangers.
THE HOCKEY GUYS: A look at who’s available in this year’s free agent bargain bin.