In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Possible changes for the Dallas Stars under new ownership…Who replaces Chris Pronger?…A case for sending Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back to the WHL…Could the Hurricanes shop a defenseman?…Shooting down those Zach Parise trade rumors…Sabres top line becoming an elite line?…Why it makes sense for the Kings to give Jonathan Bernier more starts…Getting to know the NHL’s new coachs…An idiots guide to pronouncing the more difficult Wild player names…A plug for Joe Pelletier’s new e-book.
DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley doesn’t expect any significant changes overnight for the Dallas Stars once the sale of the club to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi, though he does expect the focus will be more on rebuilding the front office, invest in a marketing push for the club, rebuilding the fan base and begin negotiations on a new media contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to regular contributor GJ Berg for the link. GM Joe Nieuwendyk has done a masterful job building and maintaining a competitive Stars team on a shoestring budget. I wouldn’t expect any significant roster changes early under Gaglardi, but eventually Nieuwendyk will find he’ll have more money to work with.
BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Geoff Detweiler examines possible options facing the Flyers to replace Chris Pronger, who could be out at least 3-4 weeks with an eye injury.
THE COPPER & BLUE: ryanbatty on why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins should be returned to the Red Deer Rebels.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though I’m of the opinion “RNH” has earned his spot with the Oilers, “ryanbatty” makes a good case for sending him back to Junior. Either way, it won’t hurt the Oilers, or Nugent-Hopkins, in the long run.
CANES COUNTRY: Bob Wage notes the Carolina Hurricanes have recalled rookie blueliner Justin Faulk, musing over the possibility they might trade one of their other blueliners to make room on their crowded defense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears unlikely they’ll move Joni Pitkanen, though if they’re seeking a top-six forward, he’d attract the best return. Should be interesting to see if a move is made and who gets shipped out.
IN LOU WE TRUST: Kevin Sellathamby does an excellent job destroying the basis for every one of the silly Zach Parise trade rumors that have been kicking around in recent weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately, Kevin, it won’t stop these fantasy trade rumor writers from dreaming up all kinds of yummy scenarios for Parise, using his eligibility for UFA status next summer as the prime factor in their trade equations. Still, for those of you who like your Devils rumors seasoned with a heavy dose of reality, I recommend Kevin’s post.
DIE BY THE BLADE: Ned Naukam suggests the Buffalo Sabres new first line of Thomas Vanek, Luke Adam and Jason Pominville have played well enough thus far that they could be headed for elite line status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if that line can maintain their torrid offensive pace, but if they can, the Sabres could become a very dangerous team to face over the course of the season.
SURLY AND SCRIBE’S LA KINGS BLOG: supports the unpopular decision by Kings head coach Terry Murray to give more starts to backup Jonathan Bernier, rather than risk burning out Jonathan Quick, who’s been off to a sizzling start this season but has played six of their past seven games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It certainly does make sense not to burn out their starter, especially when they’ve got a quality backup like Bernier.
MILE HIGH HOCKEY: A look at some notable Colorado Avalanche stats through their first eight games.
DOWN GOES BROWN: Presents a “helpful” introduction to this season’s new NHL coaches. Caution: Hilarity ahead!
HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Present a “helpful” pronunciation guide for the more difficult names on the Minnesota Wild roster. Yep, more humor ahead!
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: presents a new hockey “e-book” by Joe Pelletier entitled: “Pucks On The ‘Net”, in which he shares his favorite hockey history stories.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Joe is the best hockey historian on the internet today. Please do check out his blog if you haven’t already, and why not drop a couple of dollars on his new e-book while you’re at it.